Smart Reader expanding to more overseas markets

  • Business
  • Tuesday, 06 May 2003

SMART Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd, a leading provider of children’s education, will expand its presence in India, New Zealand and Taiwan by the end of the year, according to its chief executive officer Dr Richard Ong. 

“We have established a strong presence in several countries and are confident that our products and services will receive good response in countries they will be introduced in,” he said at the opening of Wisma Smart Reader in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

Datuk Nazri Abdul Aziz signing the plaque to mark the opening of Wisma Smart Reader. DR Richard Ong looks on.

The company has established a presence in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and China. It has 60 franchisees overseas and 133 in Malaysia. Present at the opening yesterday was Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Nazri Abdul Aziz. 

Dr Ong said the company’s English language programme, comprehensive teachers’ training and innovative education programmes had gained wide acceptance locally and internationally. 

According to Dr Ong, the company will continue to seek new avenues of growth while ensuring the dominance of its products through extensive innovation and development. 

Nazri said local companies should invest more in their research and development to enable their products and services to compete in the international arena. “Malaysian companies can go further in the international market if they have done sufficient groundwork to enable greater acceptance of their products,” he said. 

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