Saturday, 8 May 2010

Malaysia missing on iPad first global launch

The iPad global launch is slated to be on May 28 in nine selected countries. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain are the countries selected to the first launch. Unfortunately, Malaysia is not on the list.

Even we are not slated for the next launch scheduled in July. The countries listed on the second launch are Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore and New Zealand.

Could it be that our purchasing power is considered low that the market for such product is small in this country of 27 million people? Or could it be that we, Malaysians, are do not have appetite for products which contains high intellectual property contents? 

Our level of respect towards intellectual property could be one of the reasons for not being included in the first two scheduled releases. How could be develop such mindset when our level of innovation is fairly low. We are more consumers rather than producers.

In any case, some of us may argue that we need not be listed in any of the launch as iPads are already available at Plaza Low Yat, the hub for electronics products of Malaysia. Or we could just turn to eBay just like what others from around the world are doing.

Maybe in the future, when the objectives of the New Economic Model is achieved, Malaysia will be among the first country for any world class product launch. Just imagine more Malaysians with higher purchasing power, purchase only licensed products and have do not tolerate any infringement of laws such as intellectual property or even corruption.

Let's wait for this moment to happen!
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