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At last count there were something like 4000 (or 8000, or 10,000) people working for Motorola in Malaysia, making it one of the nation's major private sector employers. It is also without doubt one of the sexiest. Interestingly, while Motorola is slashing thousands and thousands of jobs around the world, the troubled telecommunications giant's Malaysian presence just keeps getting stronger... and stronger. Earlier this year (February 2008), Motorola announced plans to expand its Malaysia operation, particularly in Bayan Lepan, Penang. The news coincided eerily with the company's closure of its Singaporean operation. There are plenty of folk who say, that Malaysia's Penang Island "bribed" Motorola to stay. Perhaps they did, but I tend to think of it as being more of a business partnership. Motorola is moving away from its mobiles, and diversifying (hence its new project upgrading the Malaysian police force radio network.) Diversification means a sudden need for new skillsets, and every crisis is an opportunity, as the ancient Chinese understood. In other words now could be a good time to go looking for a job at Motorola Malaysia. To provide a bit more background I quote Skor Career (story dated April 6, 2008):

"Motorola is closing its Singapore operation, barely 3 months after announcing its expansion plan in Penang, Malaysia. The Singapore plant mainly manufacturers the mobile phone devices.
"Motorola's plant in Singapore accommodates about 700 workers, and most of them will be laid off before the year ends. A statement by the company said that the company is moving its operation to 'other Motorola facilities worldwide.' The move is also said to be part of Motorola's plan to cut $500 million dollars off their worldwide expenditure.
"According to the number of sources, more job cuts are expected to come which will see more than 10,000 employees worldwide losing their jobs since the beginning of the year. While the manufacturing of the mobile services will go, it is said that the company will maintain their Singapore HQ, including the research and development center.
"Ironically, in a stunning move, Motorola announced back in February 2008 its plan to expand their Malaysia operation, particularly in Bayan Lepan, Penang - a move that raised eyebrows of a number of groups. In the announcement, RM350 million will be invested and 700 jobs will be created, a sum equals to the number of job loss expected in Singapore..."


Penang is a major site for Motorola's global operations, housing the company's manufacturing facilities and a research and development (R&D) center. Operating in Penang since 1972, Motorola employs about 4,000 people in the state. That's right, I said that before -- 4000 staff. But it ought to be remembered, that those 4000 jobs are but the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to Motorola's presence in the region. According to many media estimates, up to 10,000 people depend directly and indirectly, on Motorola for their economic needs. Or 8000 people, depending on the math you use. Whatever: Motorola is a kick ass employer providing exactly the kind of high technology jobs, that Malaysia wants to become known for. It ought to be stated right here, that Penang also houses the offshore operations of numerous other electronics multinationals such as Intel, Dell Computer, AMD, Sony, Agilent Technologies, Seagate, Jabil Circuit and NEC, as well as Motorola. Manufacturing is big business here, and more than 100,000 people work in the electronics industry. Malaysia wants to become the electronics heart of south east Asia, and keeping Motorola here (and keeping it afloat), is no doubt all part of the master plan...

In a nutshell: Motorola Malaysia operations consist of one manufacturing site, a world class Research & Development centre, an Asia Pacific distribution centre, a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)-status Software centre, and seven core sales businesses. It is managed by a Malaysian management team, supported by a workforce of 8,000 employees (or 4000, or 10,000, it all depends on how you do your math.) In any case, it is one of the largest workforces in the private sector of Malaysia.

Motorola Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MMSB): Petaling Jaya.
Motorola's largest semiconductor facility for assembly and testing of integrated circuits (IC).
With a built-up area of 750,000 sq. ft. on a 20-acre site, this facility is dedicated to assembly and testing of microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors, mixed signals and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) for the Networking and Computing Systems, Transportation and Standard Product Systems and Wireless & Broadband Systems market segments.


Says The Golden Key: "The Motorola Malaysia Software Center, known formally as the Motorola Multimedia Sendirian Berhad (MMMSB), started its operations in mid-1999 and it was inaugurated as a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status company by YAB Dato' Seri Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia. Part of Motorola's Global Software Group (GSG), MMMSB employs more than 250 software engineers, 98% of whom are Malaysian citizens.

"The Center's domain of excellence includes software applications and network management solutions in 2G, 2.5G and 3G Wireless Communication Systems,embedded test software applications for portable wireless devices as well as automotive. The company was assessed with a score of close to 700 on a 1000-point scale using the Malcolm Baldrige Balanced Score Card Approach for Performance Excellence...".


Motorola's success in winning the contract to upgrade the Malaysian police force's radio network is no surprise, if you consider the company's longstanding ties to law enforcement agencies across the region. As the TETRA Association, devoted to terrestrial trunked radio, wrote back in May 2006: "Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless communications has reinforced its leadership in homeland security with increased mission critical public safety deployment across Asia Pacific including Malaysia.
"Jeff Spaeth, vice president, Networks & Enterprise, Asia Pacific, Motorola, Inc., said: 'Over the years, public safety agencies have come to trust Motorola to provide them with the right combination of technology, expertise and experience to perform their job seamlessly with greater efficiency and speed. With Motorola's strong heritage in serving the mission critical needs of first responders, we look forward to working closely with these agencies to drive new possibilities in mission-critical communications.'
"Worldwide, Motorola is the only communication vendor that has the expertise to design, manufacture and implement mission-critical communications systems based on two leading industry open standards - APCO P25 (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) and TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) - communications platform.
"In Asia Pacific including Malaysia, Motorola has gained a good traction in homeland security communications, having worked with more than 20 government agencies across 16 countries. Some of these include:
The Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysia
"Motorola has a long standing relationship with the Royal Malaysian Police since they started using Motorola's digital analogue radio systems. Most notably is the C4i (Command, Control, Communication and Communication and Computer Integration) system implementation for the Police network, where the new system integrates sub-systems such as the Emergency Call Centre, Mobile Data Communications system and the Data Radio Network on to a single communication platform to facilitate more efficient policing and emergency response operations. Hong Kong Police Force, Hong Kong
"Awarded in 2003, the Hong Kong Police Command and Control Communications (CC3) systems, is one of the most sophisticated systems in Asia deployed by Motorola. Recently, Motorola has successfully completed the deployment of the CC3 system, including the operation of more than 10,000 units of the Motorola digital radio subscribers for the Police network, an integrated communications system, a '999' emergency telephone system as well as a mobile computing sub-system.
Western Australia Police, Australia
"The Western Australian Police has awarded Motorola a US$28 million contract to deploy an APCO P25-based digital trunked radio network across the Perth metropolitan area. The systems will be fully operational by early 2007, providing increased radio coverage, greater capacity and high levels of encryption. As part of the contract, Motorola will also be providing in vehicle computing devices with sophisticated policing software applications which will be integrated with the already installed the Motorola Premier CADTM (Computer Aided Dispatch) system providing sophisticated Computer Aided Dispatch, vehicle tracking and other features such as vehicle and license checks.
Beijing Police, China
"In September 2005, the Beijing Police bought more than 27,000 units of Motorola's MTP850 TETRA subscriber, a portable radio that are built and designed for Asian users. The portables are used by officers and first responders in the public security, fire-fighting, emergency ambulance services and urban administration within the Beijing Government Radio Network. Motorola's MTP850 is the industry's smallest ruggedised cellular-style TETRA subscriber comes with a user friendly interface that supports multiple Asia languages, including simplified and traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Korea National Police, Korea
"This is Asia's first and Motorola's largest public safety 800MHz TETRA system to go live in Asia. The Korea National Police wanted a robust communications system in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The new digital radio communications system was designed to equip the Korea National Police force with a reliable and secure extensive communications coverage in four major Korean cities as well as the capacity to handle the high traffic peaks during the World Cup.
Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore
"After several successful trials with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and most recently in a nationwide emergency drill, SCDF has purchased several units of ad hoc wireless video surveillance kit from Motorola. Each kit consists of a unit of the Motorola's Mesh Network enhanced wireless router, vehicle modem and a Sony IP camera. With the Mesh-enabled wireless rapid deployment kit, SCDF will be able to extend better situational awareness for more efficient incident management, in times of emergency or a crisis.
Ho Chi Minh Police, Vietnam
Motorola has successfully deployed Phase One of Vietnam's first wide-area TETRA digital trunked radio communications system for the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam (VMOPS) - Ho Chi Minh Police. Valued at US$2.10 million, this installation includes a TETRA network of two base locations and five dispatch consoles to provide extensive coverage for the police network in the city of Ho Chi Minh. The new system also provides secure voice communications and data capabilities for its 500 mobile and portable radio users in mission-critical operations."


Motorola's website says: "Motorola's presence has contributed positively to the Malaysian economy especially in the areas of technology transfer, local vendor development and export business. In addition, the company has contributed significantly to the community by imparting its knowledge through training and development programmes especially in the field of engineering. Some of these education initiatives include joint development of curriculum with education institutes, research grants, scholarship programs and cross training for technology advancement, as well as, donation of communication equipments."
So what are these educational iniatives, these scholarships, and how can you take advantage of them? Malaysia Scholarship Net is a good place to start looking. On May 18 the following lead was posted: "Motorola Technology Sdn Bhd is offering scholarships for the following full time first degree and Master Engineering courses at recognized local Universities:
"1. Mechanical Engineering
"2. Electrical Engineering
"3. Software Engineering
"Applications are welcomed from Master (Final Year) & Bachelor Degree (3rd Year) students who meet the following criteria:
  • Strong academic record and obtained CGPA at least 3.50 and above
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Leadership qualities and potential through active participation in extracurricular activities such as societies and clubs, sports, etc.
    "*Malaysian citizens
    "*Must not be a recipient of scholarship/loan/financial assistance from any other organization (PTPTN loan is allowed)
    "How to apply
    "The Motorola Scholarship application must be submitted online. No mail-in application will be accepted. Please visit and search for the Job ID. Closing date: 30th April 2008.
    "Grab this golden opportunity for a path towards a highly successful life-long career! APPLY NOW for Motorola's 2008 Scholarships!"

    Multimedia University (MMU): Persiaran Multimedia, 63100 Cyberjaya, Selangor. Phone: 603/8312 5010. Fax: 603/8312 5264. Web: website here..
    This is an IT and tech junkie's wet dream of a university -- a place where you can now get a Masters of Engineering in Photonics or a Masters in Multimedia (these are some of the new courses offered here!), study Microsoft or the Sun Java programming language, and even obtain your degree over the Internet if you can't make it to Malaysia. You can even conduct applied research on the latest wireless broadband technology at the new Motorola Wireless Lab. This is one university with its eye on the future, and located stategically on the new Spice Road of Information which links Asia with the rest of the world. To put it simply, the Multimedia University lies is located in Cyberjaya at the heart of Malaysia's Multimedia Super-Corridor (MSC). The corridor covers 750 square kilometers (300 square miles) and is equipped with world-class physical infrastructure as well as next generation 2.5-10 Gb multimedia network. With all of this multimedia potential, it is no wonder that they decided to build a Multimedia University here. There is a second campus located at Melaka.
    There are four faculties at the Cyberjaya campus (Engineering, Information Technology (IT), Creative Multimedia and Management) as a Centre for Modern Languages and Communications, an Internet based degree programme, and a Distance Education program. At the Melaka campus there are faculties in Engineering and Technology, Information Science and Technology, Business and Law, Foundation Studies and Extension Education. At Melaka you will also find a Centre for Affiliate and Diploma Programme and the Institute of International Languages.
    MMU enjoys the company of students from over 66 countries from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. They are all there for one reason -- to learn about multimedia in one of the great technology incubators of the world.

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