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Malaysia’s PC Fair

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This weekend, from the 5th to the 7th of August, is yet another Pikom PC Fair at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pikom is the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia and PC Fair is Malaysia’s largest IT cash and carry event hosted by Pikom 3 times annually.

During previous events the Pikom PC Fair was being held at the Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur. This weekend for the first time, Pikom’s PC Fair will be held at the newly constructed Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which is situated beside the Petronas Twin Towers (world tallest building 1998-2003).

Pikom’s PC fair is divided into two sections, one for local distributors to exhibit and demonstrate latest product that they carry from world leading IT manufacturers. The second section is where local computer dealers sell their wares. Unlike other international IT events, where exhibitor showcase their future plans to visitors. The second section of Malaysia’s PC fair is like buying IT goods at a flea market. Dealers sells wares at promotional prices or gives out free gifts along with purchases. Visitors coming on the last day of the fair – Sunday – can often find bargains because most dealers hope to sell all their wares during the fair and are lazy having to transport all unsold wares back to their store.

Malaysia has yet to host any international IT trade shows similar to CeBIT, Comdex or Computex due to a controlled market and the low rate of IT penetration among the population. Pikom’s PC fair is currently the closest thing Malaysians are going to get.

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  • What do you think is the reason for limited use of computers in the generaly population? Or have I misread your reference to IT?

  • I would refer IT to communications technology and computer technologies. When I wrote low IT penetration among the population, I meant much of the population isn’t computer literate or doesn’t have easy access to computers or the internet.

    I said so because I believe the Malaysian government isn’t doing much to help its people gain access to high costing technology equipments. Yes, the Malaysian Government doesn’t tax imports of computer products but with an average income of USD250 to USD500 for a middle class family. Buying a computer isn’t a priority for them. The Malaysian government has introduced many other loan schemes which only burden the salary men.

  • Gotcha. Since I don’t know much about Malaysia’s culture, perhaps you can tell me: would lower-cost computers do the trick? Or are there other cultural issues involved?

    I guess I’ve always thought of Malaysia as a more prosperous nation than it might actually be.

  • I’ve used some wrong words up my last comment giving a wrong message. “Malaysian government isn’t doing much to help” should be “Malaysian government isn’t effectively helping”.

    Here’s an article about a low-cost computer plan announced last March. The plan consists of two PCs for around USD300 to USD250 running Windows XP and Linux OS respectively.

    Malaysia is indeed a prosperous developing nation in South East Asia. It’s just that a computer is still a novelty item rather than a necessity item to the average household.

  • Ashraf

    Hello friends. I am coming to Malaysia as a tourist in dis coming August 2nd week. I like to purchase a desktop. Can You please help me out by few of the sites from where I can get the price of brand desktops like acer,hp etc.
    Best Regards

  • gb

    the malaysian govt. can go fuck them self