Reaching Independence in Business
|"Mommy, the movie's starting"|
"The clouds.. they look like pillows.. zzz"
As a mother of a 9-year-old kid, I can’t really get away from animation movies and by the look of it; Hollywood producers aren’t taking any breaks soon. I can’t even recall the last time I watched a ‘regular’ live-action movie at the cinema. So on last Saturday, I bought some tickets to Planes – an entertaining story for my daughter, and a 90-minute naptime for my husband and I. Though, we did hear a ‘provocative’ song before resting our eyes.
|Imagine sleeping in the same building as |
Recently in Malaysia, the government has made it compulsory for all cinema operators to play the national anthem right before the start of any movie. The relevance of this move is still an ongoing debate by the Twitteratis and Facebook-ians; though many argue that it’s forced patriotism. The bickering’s getting louder than a dorm room in Monsters University, if you ask me. Personally, I found the experience of standing up and respecting my national anthem very moving. When we were younger, we sang “Negaraku” everyday at school and as we grew older, the opportunity to appreciate the song properly and with pride is lacking.
To tell you the truth; I was teary-eyed during the whole song. The lyrics go like this: “Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku, rakyat hidup bersatu dan maju, Rahmat bahagia Tuhan kurniakan, Raja kita selamat bertahkta” (Translation: My nation, my birth place, (all) the people live in harmony and prosperity, God bless us all with happiness, Hail the King). Simple lyrics; yet poignant.
And so it happened, last Saturday was the celebration for Malaysia’s 56th year of independence and as a comparatively young nation; we are doing pretty good, if not yet excellent in the world platform. We have built one of the world’s tallest buildings, presented the world with an F1 international track (and a pretty short-lived career of an F1 driver), fashioned international brand owners such as Jimmy Choo and Chef Wan, and even produced world champion sport personalities like Nicol David and Zulfahmi Khairuddin. As a nation that is targeting to become a developed nation by 2020, apart from development of infrastructure and human resources, one of the main objectives is definitely to introduce locally made brands to the world stage.
|Actually, it'd take Dr. Nefario two hours |
to travel from one minion to another
FingerTec has always been an international brand from its inception. Even when the Internet was as slow as Dr. Nefario on a scooter, we had always aimed to spread our reach beyond domestic shores. Targeting our nearest neighbors first, we travelled to introduce the products to markets outside of our comfort zone. The reason is simple, by liaising and competing with a larger audience and their various standards and compliances; the benchmark for the quality and delivery of our products and services will keep getting higher. Localization is an ongoing process for us and we aim to go further in depth to better serve our customers. And with the latest development of Cloud computing, the onset of a Big Data wave, we have to yet again restrategize on how to maneuver the business to suit international business trends.
In short, for a comparatively young company, FingerTec has managed to travel far and proud in this free world, introducing our brand as a Malaysian product, made for the world. We've done our best in the global stage without losing our local flavor, and this is what I call reaching independence in business.
By Norana Johar, COO, FingerTec HQ