Em­brace dig­i­tal econ­omy, says Na­jib

> Pub­lic urged to move for­ward with changes or risk see­ing coun­try left be­hind


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak wants ev­ery Malaysian to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants as the coun­try moves to­wards em­brac­ing the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

He ac­knowl­edged that a fourth global in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion was in the mak­ing, with the dig­i­tal econ­omy set to re­place the con­ven­tional econ­omy in the near fu­ture.

He said the pub­lic should move for­ward with the changes or risk see­ing the coun­try get left be­hind.

“I want ev­ery cit­i­zen to not only be a spec­ta­tor, but be­come ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in what is to be the era of the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion.

“If we don’t move with changes, we could end up ex­tinct like the di­nosaurs,” he said dur­ing a di­a­logue ses­sion at the 2016 Daya eUsa­hawan Con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

The eUsa­hawan pro­gramme was launched in Novem­ber last year by the Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion (MDEC) to in­spire and pro­vide ex­po­sure to lo­cal en­trepreneurs to em­brace and max­imise dig­i­tal en­trepreneur­ship.

Na­jib said when the eUsa­hawan pro­gramme was first pro­posed to him, he ap­proved it will­ingly, know­ing that the ecom­merce sec­tor could pro­vide hefty re­turns.

“In the dig­i­tal econ­omy, it’s not strange to achieve 50% profit gain in a month. No other forms of econ­omy can achieve that, which is why I sup­ported it,” he said.

On an­other mat­ter, Na­jib con­grat­u­lated Don­ald Trump for his pres­i­den­tial vic­tory and said he was con­vinced eco­nomic part­ner­ships with the United States will re­main strong.

He said the vic­tory also showed that Amer­i­cans wanted to break from their con­ven­tional ways of vot­ing for a known politi­cian and their open­ness to see­ing changes.

Stress­ing that media com­men­ta­tors have been proven wrong and the re­sults an­tic­i­pated by ex­perts have been over­turned, Na­jib said Trump’s suc­cess in the polls showed politi­cians should never take vot­ers for granted.

“The world has watched this year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with fas­ci­na­tion. Opin­ion polls and es­tab­lished po­lit­i­cal fig­ures all un­der­es­ti­mated the strength of his sup­port.

“His ap­peal to Amer­i­cans who have been left be­hind – those who want to see their gov­ern­ment more fo­cused on their in­ter­ests and wel­fare, and less em­broiled in for­eign in­ter­ven­tions that proved to be against US in­ter­ests – have won Mr Trump the White House,” he said.

Na­jib also ex­pressed hope of meet­ing Trump and con­tin­u­ing the warm re­la­tion­ship be­tween both coun­tries.

“In 2014 the US and Malaysia el­e­vated our re­la­tion­ship to a com­pre­hen­sive part­ner­ship, and we are firm al­lies in the global fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this part­ner­ship un­der Pres­i­dent-elect Trump,” he said.

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