Jack Ma said he was inspired to create Alibaba by Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).

The Alibaba founder and executive chairperson said today that the first seed of idea for what would eventually become the global e-Commerce giant was planted when he read about the MSC almost 20 years ago.

“I was reading the newspaper (in 1997) and saw the news about the MSC. I thought, wow, this is a genius idea.
“(I thought) if Malaysia could do this, why can’t China. Why can’t I do this for myself?

“So Malaysia inspired me to create Alibaba,” he said during the launching of Alibaba’s first office in Southeast Asia office in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, today.