Urban Malaysians have long enjoyed a reputation as being ahead of the curve when it comes to adapting to new technology. From the huge Internet reach to the saturation of mobile devices, Malaysians are better connected than ever.
This hasn't happened by accident. Long ago it was recognised that keeping up with the latest technology would be vital to Malaysia's aim of reaching developed nation status.
Simple measures like low import tariffs on electronics mean that shopping centres like Plaza LowYat can thrive with tourists and locals alike enjoying the best deals.
Indeed, according to figures from Hongkiat released this month, Malaysia has some of the best prices not only in Asia for certain brands such as Apple, it has better prices even than those in the U.S. and Europe.
A MacBook Air for example starts at around RM 2,999. That's some $70 cheaper than the $999 entry price in the United States. That's also cheaper than the starting price of $1,051 in Singapore or $999 in Hong Kong, both traditional consumer electronics hubs in the region.Telecom network liberalisation has been another major achievement of recent Governments.