Fox, the PR outfit led by former MSM top editors Wong Sulong and Brenden Pereira, could be running out of luck soon. One of their most lucrative “cows”, Sime Darby, has effectively terminated its contract, I was told.
That contract, according to Sime Darby Watch, was worth RM250,000 a month. I have asked my sources, who said it’s “slightly less” than that.
Fox still handles the various economic corridors initiated during the Abdullah Administration.
Fox was a work of magic and is probably the most financially succcesful PR outfits Malaysia has ever seen [over RM100 million billings during its short existence, according to a source, but I won't bet too much money on it].
What’s clear is that the country’s PR industry will never be the same again after the Foxes slip and slide away after March.
Unspun‘s been at the receiving end of information regading a certain English language newspaper. Strange rumors of unhappy people wanting to leave after joining the paper for not too long…an senior local journalist with initials AP leaving… Other stranger rumors of either a fight of some sort of a violence involving a senior staffer at a hotel owned by the newspaper proprietor…
But the strangest involve the proprietor an his doings, or undoings…one involves a brewing dispute between the three largest shareholders at an Indonesian afternoon paper that is threatening to turn ugly…another involves purchases of small newspapers in Penang, Malaysia and another one in Myanmar, Juntaland. A senior expatriate editor will apparently, for his sins of ommission rather than commission, be sent to the boondocks in the land of Hokkien Mee to take care of the paper…
…all of this sound strange even to Unspun‘s ears but he’s been in Indonesia long enough to know that this is the land where the magic theatre of the absurd is very much a reality.
When Nadine Freischlad came to the Maverick’s office a few weeks ago to share the insights she gained while conducting her thesis into Indonesian bloggers and their notions of identity, she also told us that she would like to organize a Pecha Kucha session in Jakarta.
“Pecha Kucha?” we asked. “What’s that”
She explained (see wikipedia entry on pecha kucha here) and we were fascinated, not least because we, like so many people in Jakarta are sooo bored by the usual tired old speakers peddaling their tired old Powerpoint presentation decks from seminar to workshop to speaking engagement.
Pecha Kucha promises something different: around 12 speakers presenting at breakneck speed because they have only 20 slides and 20 seconds to present each slide. Speakers would talk about what they are passionate in and aren’t necessarily confined to one topic.
What Pecha Kucha promises, in short, is an eclectic event – a networking even if you are so inclined – where you are exposed to people and their passions and ideas that you would normally not be exposed to.
We were so enthusiastic that we decided there and then to help Nadine organize Jakarta’s first Pecha Kucha (Bandung’s way ahead – they have had one).
The Pecha Kucha will be held on March 10 at Es Teler 77 Resto on Jalan Adtiyawarman No.61, close to Recapital Building, Blok M /Kebayoran Baru.
Doors Open at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm. Entry is free of charge.
So far the lineup of speakers promises not to disappoint but hurry up if you want to get in because already about 270 people have become facebook fans and they’re probably turning up.
Further information on Pecha Kucha Jakarta is at:
Confirmed speakers at the very first Pecha Kucha Night Jakarta, on March 10th:
1. Nina Moran / Co-Founder of Go Girl Magazine: About the success story of Go Girl Mag
2. Hanny Kusumawati / Blogger: About the initiative Coin-a-Chance
3. Bri / Web Entrepreneur: About their work
4. Indro/Hanna / Perfomers: About Lembaga Warkop
5. Didit Majalolo: About Asosiasi Terbang Layang Gantung
6. Mirwan Suarso / TV Producer: About his project Jangan Bikin Malu 2009
7. Cipta Croft-Cusworth / Theme Park and Toy Designer: About his Toy Company Good Guys Never Win
8. Yoshi: About Bunga Matahari, Poetry Readings
9. Nila Tanzil / TV presenter and blogger: About a trip to Malaysia
10. Adi Purnomo / Architect, Author: About his work
11. Roderick des Tombes: About Eco Tourism and Pulau Macan
12. Dave Arnold / Filmmaker: About his Surf Documentary, Mengejar Ombak
You’d think that with thousands of their customers pissed off by their bad and slow connection on their HSDPA, competitors of IM2 would see an opportunity for the quick kill.
Here’s what Unspun would do if he was a telco and a competitor to IM2: Get one of my IT people to write a script for the Huawei E220 modem that IM2 uses so that it is compatible with thier SIM cards. Provide reliable, reasonably priced data services.
The only thing stopping IM2 customers from junking thier IM@ service is the investment they’ve made in purchasing the modem. If th modem can be used with other telco users they, like Unspun, would gleefully junk IM2 to repay them for the contempt they show to their customers.
If anyone has figured out a way to make a SIM card from another phone provider work with the Huawei E220 modem please let Unspun know. He, together with his blogger and offline network of friends will help spread the word so fast that IM2′s broadband will never be able to match them.
So what’s stopping competing telcos? Surely there’s a huge opportunity here to take market share from IM2?
Starting a series here as IM2 are either too uncaring or too dumb to spot an occasional posting about their bad service.
A friend of Unspun met with some IM2 directors today and she complained about how slow the service is. Their reply?
Yes they know that the service is slow but that’s because they have too many new customers. They also offered to waive her monthly fees because they know her.
Is this any way to serve customers? By screwing your already loyal customers in favor of acquiring new ones?
And can we have some of that?
It must be reall potent stuff. Go to the People Page of The Jakarta Post today and be amazed by the headlines of a page populated by six or so stories, most of which are ripped off the wires.
A story on Kaoro Yosano, a Japanese politicians pundits think is in line to be the next PM has the headline: Seen well-placed to be next Japan PM
A story on Kate Winslett, the Oscar winner for Best Actress: Six Appeal wins Oscar Gold
And a story on Indonesian celebrity Afgan: Afgan gets a in new movie role
So c’mon front up. What’s the copyditor bee inhaling or ingesting and why isn’t he/she sharing? Bagi-bagi dong!
One important area of BCM are the standards set in particular industries for the continuity of the businesses and the industry itself. As far as industries go banks are pretty important and having standards that they can adhere to will help the industry be more resilient to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, electricity outages and a host of other threats.
So its good to see the Business Contunity Management Forum guys cimpile a wiki of Central Bank Specified standards. In that wiki are listed most of the ASEAN countries, but where’s Indonesia? Does this mean that Indonesia – a country sp prone to natural disasters – is bereft of BCM standards?
Well, apparently some people can make a living quite well off the Malaysian condition. Unspun thinks that you’d need to be as sly as a fox with connections to boot to make it there though.
But Hillary Clinton’s visit has prompted the veteran diplomat to try his hand in posting.
Unspun’s been told that the long-awaited Corruption Court verdict on former Lippo executive Billy Sindoro has been postponed today because Billy is suffering from diarrhea, fever and headache.
The verdict has now been adjourned to 11am tomorrow. Will he be found guilty of bribing KPPU member Muhammed Iqbal? Or merely gratifying Iqbal? Or will he go to jail? (Speculation among journalists is between 3-4 years).