Media,ICT & Publication
Media are the collective communication outlets or tools that are used to store and deliver information or data. It is associated with communication media or the specialized communication businesses such as print media and the press, photography, advertising, broadcasting and publishing.
Prak Vic Fungsathian
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Of Wardah Communication SDN BHD
Mohamad Sabir Bin Mohamad Sabri
Group Managing Director Of Dataprep Berhad
The publication of books, journals and other works is an import ant part of the creative economy. Recent evolutions in technology , reader habits and public policies continue to profoundly change the nature of publishing and transform the face of the global industry. Understanding how publishing and its underlying businesses are evolving across Malaysia and over time requires new measures in keeping up with trends and also ensuring information accuracy. In that, Widad has been up to date in making sure that their business model for this sector is in line with their goals of becoming one of the main players in the industry.
Pendidik Magazine(Majalah Pendidik)
Pendidik Magazine, or better known as Majalah Pendidik in Malay, was first published in 2006 by Widad Publication Sdn. Bhd. It featured scientific academic articles related to the education industry and learning institutions. Today, Majalah Pendidik has been revamped to a more contemporary version under the issuance of Wardah Communication Sdn. Bhd. This new version features a more reader-friendly approach and is equipped with information that empowers the lives of learners and educators alike. In addition to educational articles, its content also includes fashion, science experiments and explorations, short stories and poems by people in the industry.
Majalah Pendidik also serves as a monthly education magazine for the Ministry of Education (MOE) which is available in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei via their network of distributors such as MPH Distributor Sdn. Bhd., Popular Book Store, My News, General Agents and through its website, www.pendidik.com.my (digital version).
The magazine also aims to provide global cutting-edge information for learners as well as educators, and professionals in Malaysia. For some, it serves as a source of inspiration where it features many well written case studies on the different aspects of education. Majalah Pendidik is a reliable source for researchers to turn to for the latest in the industry as it can guarantee that all information published is accurate and precise.
Besides that, the magazine also delivers pragmatic tools and resources to promote quality teaching and leading and assisting school improvement projects at grassroots levels. Majalah Pendidik also encourages an open forum for discussions and debates, supporting teachers in their teaching while promoting innovations in the classroom. In championing education through Majalah Pendidik, Widad has positioned their printed communication channel as a value added resource for decision makers to rely on.
Malaysia probably has one of the most varied and expansive media industries in the region. Malaysians have hundreds of TV channels to choose from, hundreds of newspapers and magazines, numerous radio shows, countless websites & blogs and news portals. With the rise of digital network and satellite television, most Malaysians have access to the latest news almost immediately.
Because the vast majority of people rely on the media to keep them up to date, the media wields significant power: It decides what is newsworthy and runs or publishes stories accordingly. For these and other reasons, the Widad brand is a significant facet of bringing quality programs to Malaysians.
Under the Widad Business Group (WBG), Wardah Communication Sdn. Bhd. is the media arm that provides full-service television & film productions. They specialize in branded content, short films, dramas, documentaries, non-profit films, travelogs, digital content and post-production. Their customers range from non-profits to government and corporate clients. They have extensive experience creating compelling video content. Whether to raise money or raise awareness, to educate or entertain, their work has been making their customers very satisfied over the years.
Wardah Communication is in the business of helping their clients take their project from concept to production, offering creative consulting, treatment & budget development, storyboards, scripting, procurement of locations, talent and music rights, full production and postproduction services, web mastering and distribution. Their talented staff is committed to providing clients with a media action plan that is custom fitted to their brand, creating needed content along with the tools needed to propel their clients business’ vision beyond what is already out there.
Acquisition of new capabilities - ICT services
ICT services company Dataprep Holdings Bhd has received a takeover offer from the founder of Widad Business Group, Tan Sri Muhammad Ikmal Opat Abdullah.The takeover offer was triggered after Wardah Communication Sdn Bhd acquired 270.54 million shares or 64.2% stake in the company. The transaction has seen Dataprep Holdings Bhd is now the subsidiary of Wardah Communication Sdn Bhd.The corporate excercise marks the exit of Datuk Lim Chee Wah, one of the sons of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong of the Genting group, from Dataprep.
As part of the media, ict and publication banner, The Widad Business Group also has a hand in the fast-evolving information technology (IT) segment. Dataprep Holdings Bhd is the ICT arm under the umbrella of the WBG that has many exciting projects down the line that has the lucrative potential for overlap with other businesses under the group.
Dataprep has the distinction of being the first Malaysian IT company to be listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1991. An IT service provider, Dataprep offers a full spectrum of ICT services in various industries among them education, telecommunication and finance as well as projects with the government for the past 47 years.
Dataprep has consolidated its strengths, transforming its service and culture with the aim of positioning itself as the market leader in Industrial Revolution 4.0 and further ensuring sustainable growth for both its shareholders and stakeholders.
Since 2017, Dataprep has garnered a mix of short term and long term contracts worth around RM 50-60 million. Dataprep started off by handling government contracts; then it shifted its strategy to handle more private contracts. Now it has plans to strengthen the public sector again. Dataprep has plans to maintain its clients in the private sectors, mainly financial institutions, and at the same time grow its government/public sectors. Dataprep considers itself as a hybrid model.
Dataprep will be launching its very-own e-wallet business, describing it as a “volume-game” that will boost the top line contribution of Dataprep’s existing payment solutions segment to over 10%. The e-wallet service stands to benefit the Widad Business Group by utilising it as a payment service at Widad University College before expanding it to other public universities.
Dataprep also understands the value of strategic partnership and has entered into a memorandum of collaboration with URC E-Commerce (M) Sdn Bhd, one of the 3 channel partners of Alibaba.com. The collaboration aims to provide consultancy and training to local SMEs and groom them to become exporters under the Alibaba platform.
In moving forward, Dataprep plans to diverge from being solely a hardware supplier to becoming a software provider as well. Hence it has two segments: hardware and software. They currently have 26 centers with 350 staff nationwide. Dataprep will also be looking into cyber security and AI (artificial intelligence) as the way forward.