As Covid-19 continues to ravage Malaysia, with daily cases averaging anything between the 18,000 to 20,000 mark and combined with the political instability that has plagued the country and its people for months, makes Malaysia an unattractive locale for now.
Far from being a gem in Asia, many businesses and tourists are giving Malaysia the skip and heading to other cities within Asia that have proven to be stable and better-able at coping the pandemic. A prime example would be the Research in Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2022 Conference. Currently in its seventh edition, the conference renowned to be a premier venue for bringing together a computer, electronics and associated area researchers, professionals and practitioners from both academia and industry – who are engaged in the different research domain – has dropped Malaysia as a venue and chose to remain in Hong Kong.
A report in Malay Mail stated that last year organizers of the RICE event said that they would move the Asia-focused conference to Kuala Lumpur in 2022 but with Malaysia facing its worse Covid-19 wave yet, a spokesperson for the company behind RISE said it was “no longer feasible” to hold the conference in Malaysia. Having been the home for the RICE event since the last five years, the return of RICE is a boost for the financial hub’s efforts to attract tech talent.
Hong Kong officials added that the event would remain in the city until 2026.