Shopee’s parent company Sea Group plans to create over 2,000 jobs in Malaysia as the e-commerce giant makes plans to expand its investment in the country.

This is a rather surprising announcement in this cost-cutting environment. Ever so recently, the group had cut 7,000 (10%) of its workforce amid economic difficulties after it saw slower growth across all of its segments in 2022.

Sea is now proposing an expansion that is set to create more than 2,000 new jobs in the country. It will involve the setting up of a global cloud computing centre for cloud services as well as data hosting and processing in the country. It is also looking to set up a new warehouse for Shopee in Malaysia.

The cloud computing centre, slated to be open in the first quarter of 2024, will be in a three-storey green facility that will house 24 data hall suites, mechanical and electrical rooms, office space, as well as storage and parking facilities, in the Johor town of Kulai.

Additionally, the warehouse will be a two-storey mega structure - an integrated hi-tech logistics park equipped with cloud infrastructure spanning 130,000 sq m in Bukit Raja, Klang, Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed in a statement.