Rumbles and Rambles in the Digiverse

The relaunch of Utusan and Kosmo newspapers is slated for Monday  20th July, 2020. This brave step may see the resurgence of Malay print in the market (also read voters).

But the financial fate
of theSun is still precarious as of now. Owners Berjaya Media still
have to pull through their PN17 status as approval is pending from Bursa
regarding an extension of time to submit regularisation plans.

On a personal branding
note, for those who buy fame rather than earn it, honorific titles issued by
state rulers have hit a new low in Malaysia. A widespread sale of items bearing
the national coat of arms is rampant on online shopping platforms Malaysiakini reports.

Scores of other items
related to government enforcement agencies – from the Prisons Department to the
Immigration Department, People’s Volunteer Corps’ (Rela), and the Royal
Malaysian Air Force are up for sale. Available on Lazada, Carousell and Shoppee
(who took remedial steps immediately).

According to TrafficGuard, while online advertising increased in importance as
budgets decreased over the past three months, fraudsters are eyeing an influx
of new and unaware digital properties as new prey.

Key performance
indicators (KPIs) that previously pointed to normal or abnormal performance of
marketing efforts are no longer reliable, because of the extreme changes in
consumer behaviour and consumer confidence that have accompanied the pandemic.

Dying to catch the common cold: we had a strange question from a reader this week, ”I haven’t had the common cold for sometime now, is my immune system wearing down making me more prone to COVID?

… A widespread sale of items bearing the national coat of arms is rampant on online…

A kind doctor friend
answered, “Immune systems are very specific. The best way to make yourself
immune to COVID would be to catch COVID. Of course, the default position is to
always remain illness-free regardless.”

In other news, Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on services by technology firms like Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google last week.

The country’s tax
office said it has already assigned tax identification numbers to Amazon Web
Services, Netflix, Spotify and Alphabet’s Google for its Google Asia Pacific,
Google Ireland, and Google LLC units. 

The US Trade
Representative office has launched an investigation into Indonesia and other
countries for adopting Digital Services Taxes, but Indonesian Finance Minister
Sri Muyani Indrawati said the VAT move was not part of it. 

Effective 1st January
2020, service tax is charged and levied on any digital service provided by a
foreign registered person (FRP) to consumers in Malaysia. We are the
second country in South-East Asia to introduce such a tax, along with

Of course, to be in compliance with Malaysia’s new SST, Google is passing the cost to us by charging 6% Service Tax.

In the name of fair trade, perhaps they don’t consume Malaysian oxygen when doing business with us.

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