Digital Malaysia programme aims to propel the Nation's Digital Economy by 2020
by Lim Pei Hao & Nigel Chew
05 July 2012 – A Digital Malaysia programme based on three strategic thrust is introduced to propel the country towards an established digital economy by 2020.
CEO, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Yang Berbahagia Datuk Badlisham Ghazali & Deputy Minister, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof
YB Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof, the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) along with Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) announced the details of this programme in a press event today.
YB Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof explained in the event that the programme will create an ecosystem that promotes the persuasive use of digital technology in all aspects of the economy to connect communities globally and interact in real time, resulting in increased Gross National Income (GNI), enhanced productivity and improved standard of living.
Under the Digital Malaysia programme, the three key strategic thrusts include moving from supply to demand focus, shifting from consumption to production and evolving from low to high knowledge-add. The implementation of these three strategies would help to nurture a new class of digital-savvy entrepreneurs, youths as well as small medium enterprises (SME).
The goal of Digital Malaysia is to increase the nation’s contribution of ICT to 17% of the GNI and create 160,000 jobs by 2020 with an estimated investment value of RM 31.1 billion generated from a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. In addition, the programme is expected to contribute one percent to the projected absolute growth of SME contribution to GDP by 2020. Finally, the program is expected to generate additional income of RM 7,000 per year for 350,000 citizens from digital income by 2020.
Currently, there are eight projects being rolled out under Digital Malaysia this year. These include the Asian e-Fulfillment hub, e-Payment services for small and medium businesses and microenterprises, share cloud enterprise services, microsourcing for income generation, accelerated international trade through e-Commerce, on-demand customised online education, growing the embedded systems industry and Mobile Digital Wallet.
The Digital Malaysia Steering Committee led by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili oversees the Digital Malaysia programme and reports to the Prime Minister.