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Grab Opens Its Regional Center of Excellence in Malaysia

Grab Opens Its Regional Center of Excellence in Malaysia

Grab has launched its regional center of excellence in Malaysia – the second showing of its “strong” investment back home. The first one is the opening of its research and development facility in Kuala Lumpur last month.

Grab Malaysia’s country head, Sean Goh, explained that the investment back into the country is part of Grab’s response to Malaysia’s call for public-private partnerships to drive the country’s Industry 4.0 blueprint and digital economy ambitions, Tech in Asia reported.

He said that the new office in Bandar Utama, called the Regional Centre of Excellence, could accommodate 400 more new staff – it currently had about 600 employees. 

He said that the company was looking to expand its data scientist, legal, marketing, finance and customer service departments.

From left: Goh taking Darell for a tour of Grab’s new offices in Bandar Utama that will serve as its Regional Centre of Excellence. Image: Sam Tham/The Star
From left: Goh taking Darell for a tour of Grab’s new offices in Bandar Utama that will serve as its Regional Centre of Excellence. Image: Sam Tham/The Star



“The Malaysian tech and engineering team will play a pivotal role in setting a high bar for safety standards in South-East Asia and achieving our goal of zero preventable incidents on the platform,” he said to The Star. 

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking commended Grab for heeding the government’s call for quality investments by creating high value jobs locally. 

“We are happy to see Grab contributing back to Malaysia and committing to nurturing local tech talents and facilitating knowledge transfer through the R&D centre,” he said at the launch. 

The newly expanded 54,000 sq ft office space will house the company’s “core business strategy and operational functions,” which includes legal, customer experience, financial services, and creative services.

 

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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