KUALA LUMPUR: It is high time small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) embrace information and communication technology (ICT).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said 73% of SMEs did not use ICT.
While most had desktop computers in their operations, few utilised smartphones, tablets and video-conferencing.
“ICT use by SMEs is still low although the adoption of this technology is one sure way to boost innovation.
“Malaysia is among the top five countries in smartphone useage.
“However, it is rare to find SMEs using this as a tool for business and to add value to their services,” he said after launching the ParkAide application yesterday.
Dr Wee, who is in charge of SME development, said it was time for SMEs to embrace ICT because it would help them save time and enhance business productivity.
“The majority of these SMEs do not even use e-banking services. In some of these companies, salaries are paid using cheques.”
On why most SMEs were not using ICT, he said it was a complex issue and that many SMEs claimed they did not have the funds to employ ICT.
Dr Wee said he had formed the Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs (SAME), which shares the goal of the National SME Master Plan – to take SME gross domestic product contribution from 34% to 41% by 2020.
On another matter, Dr Wee, who is also MCA deputy president, commended the 25 prominent Malay figures who have called for a more moderate Malaysia.
“That is what we all want. There is no reason to reject any effort to make Malaysia a more moderate country,” he said.
“We also have to resolve outstanding disputes. It is time we look at this in a harmonious way.”
Dr Wee said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said Barisan Nasional would continue to be a moderate party.