Na­jib: M’sia can achieve dig­i­tal great­ness

> Work with global play­ers in­clud­ing China, PM tells lo­cal sec­tor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak yes­ter­day urged lo­cal dig­i­tal-sec­tor play­ers to work with global tech­nol­ogy com­mu­ni­ties to en­able Malaysia to ex­ploit fully the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

He said the sec­tor could ben­e­fit im­mensely from such col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly with China given that coun­try’s ad­vanced and grow­ing in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy space.

He said China had seen the birth of many tech gi­ants of its own such as Alibaba, Ten­cent and Baidu, and these were the epit­ome of to­day’s dig­i­tal icons that ev­ery tech com­pany wants to em­u­late.

“It is im­per­a­tive that we pro­vide Malaysians with a world-class net­work in­fra­struc­ture and su­per­fast con­nec­tiv­ity, while boost­ing the de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­tries to­wards ful­fill­ing the govern­ment’s as­pi­ra­tion of el­e­vat­ing Malaysia into a high-in­come na­tion.

“The po­ten­tial is lim­it­less. All that is re­quired is our will­ing­ness and readi­ness to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said at the Malaysia-China Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Fo­rum held at a lead­ing ho­tel here.

Na­jib, who is also finance min­is­ter, said the dig­i­tal econ­omy con­trib­uted 17.8% to Malaysia’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP).

He said the de­mand for one mil­lion dig­i­tal work­ers by 2025 had prompted Malaysia to in­te­grate com­pu­ta­tional think­ing and com­puter sci­ence into the na­tional school cur­ricu­lum by next year.

Na­jib said dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy would play an even larger role in the econ­omy over the next 10 years, when the 100 bil­lionth con­nec­tion is pro­jected to hap­pen.

The govern­ment has an­nounced that 2017 will be the Year of the In­ter­net Econ­omy for Malaysia. – Ber­nama

Na­jib re­ceives a token of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Huawei Tech­nolo­gies, Ryan Ding (right), dur­ing the fo­rum. Look­ing on is Malaysi­aChina Busi­ness Coun­cil chair­man Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.

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