PETALING JAYA: When an advocate for Cannabis oil for medical purposes, Tok Yob, wanted to go into business and dispel the myth that people in the community were “druggies”, he sought out Tan Chia Wei.
And the Perak-born mother-of-one was eager to help; she is currently working on a solution to digitalise Tok Yob’s network marketing business for its main product, Kopi Tenang.
Tan’s always eager to help any Malaysian with an entrepreneurial spirit.
What’s most important, however, is that she can, through BuyMalaysia.com, an e-commerce marketplace for everything Malaysian, which she heads.
BuyMalaysia, part of the MPay “Digital Economy, Connected Community” ecosystem, and its B2B platform MDEX (Malaysia Digital Enterprise Exchange) were the brainchild of Chew Chee Seng – the founder of MPay and Tan’s boss.
It was set up in 2010 under the National ICT Initiative to champion e-commerce for SMEs in the country.
Although the initial adoption was high in 2010 with some 3,000 businesses under its umbrella, the SME market was simply not ready to go digital.
According to Tan, this was due to trust issues, which led to low usage.
Fast forward to a few years later, BuyMalaysia had a second shot at a revival of sorts in 2017 when the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) launched the Matrade eTrade grant to help…