eCommerce statistics in Malaysia is hard to come by and I have got quite a number of requests on that. Thankfully, there was a special report on Oriental Daily News (yes, the no.4 Chinese Daily) last week presenting updated stats from IDC.
Again, sampling methods used in generating the statistics are not known but the stats itself might be useful as a reference.
Internet Users VS Buying Online
Can you believe it? More than 8 million Malaysians (half of our internet population) have actually bought something online. No doubt, most of the numbers are contributed by the airlines and I am not sure whether online financial activities, bill payments etc. are included as well.
Products or Services Bought Online
By comparing to the 2007's statistics, the gap between travel and the rest of the gang is narrowed, which is a good thing to prove that e-commerce in Malaysia is not all about airline / hotel / tour reservations. I am not too sure though on what kind of items are being categorized as "General Consumer Goods", and where does the apparel's segment stand?
Online Consumer by Age Group
No surprise here in which most of the consumers are contributed by the working adults. Almost 60% of online consumers' profession are managers or executives and 13% of them are students.
Hat tip: Joe.