From football, to water, to the origins of chicken rice, Malaysia and Singapore have always had an intense rivalry. Ever since Singapore split from Malaysia in 1965, the two nations have been trying to outdo each other in virtually everything.
Despite this, bilateral relations between both countries have been pretty amicable. The two Southeast Asian nations have entered multiple joint initiatives on both sides of the causeway. Some may even say that the friendly competition has spurred both nations on to achieve great things.
Both countries have been focused on developing their own tech industries over the past few years. Putting in place the necessary infrastructure and governing agencies, Singapore and Malaysia have launched initiatives to transform their individual tech landscapes. Malaysia launched their ‘Smart Digital Nation’ initiative in conjunction with Chinese networking and telecommunications company, Huawei, while Singapore kicked off its own ‘Smart Nation Singapore’ initiative in 2014.
There is no doubt that these two nations are leading the region in tech development. However, in order to achieve the ‘Smart Nation’ vision, innovators and entrepreneurs are key in contributing to this lofty goal. How well-equipped are Malaysia and Singapore in encouraging creativity and innovation? Here’s a rundown of the startup ecosystems in both countries.