4IR TOWARDS NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY / 4IR Ke Arah Keselamatan Makanan Negara

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The domain of national food security is a key pillar in the overall strategy of national development due to its reciprocal relationships with other socio-economic fields. An effective national food security strategy will create availability and affordability, and therefore help save on household expenses. On the government side, most of the country’s allocations can be channeled to other deserving sectors.

We understand that one of the unique features of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR) is the achievable efficiencies for the entire industry. The agricultural industry is among the sectors that will benefit greatly
from 4IR. Through the power of 4IR, the agricultiural industry will manage and provide food security assurance to people in a more organised manner while reducing the pressure on various resources.

Some aspects of technology have now become commonplace in the agricultural sector and has evolved in a short period due to the incoming updates to 4IR technology. This has caused difficulties in adapting, among in early generation farmers as they had already been accustomed to traditional farming methods including having extensive farms and utilising high levels of labor.

4IR is regarded an urgency for food safety. Therefore, it is not surprising that leading countries in the field of food security such as Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Singapore and South Korea have long increased their technological capabilities to serve their people through their respective versions of “Society 5.0”. This includes the ability to provide food sources to its people.

A more detailed analysis of leading countries through Global Food Security shows that they have focused on improving agricultural and food technology. They prioritise high – tech agriculture, engineering capabilities and economic principles, establishing them as the pillars of the national food security strategy in their respective countries.

Among the trends in the country involved in this sector is making food security a top priority by the administration, the provision of large investments in agricultural technology research and development,
as well as a special focus on small farmers and local agricultural technology entrepreneurs through innovative funding, incentive schemes and extensive e-commerce networking.

In this regard, having a clear national food safety strategy is one of the most important requirements for all other food safety elements to be properly integrated.

Recognising that food security is a national issue requiring breadth and depth in solutions instead of just a simple introduction of new regulations, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has a proven concept in the agricultural sector. MDEC pilot deployment of 4IR agri-tech was highly successful in various agricultural activities such as smart fertigation, smart misting, smart aquaculture, smart poultry, smart irrigation and smart soil monitoring. It has been observed that agtech helped increased the productivity, quality and income of small farmers by over 20 percent. Numerous farmers enjoy higher incomes and have successfully brought their produce to market.

Putting the agenda on a high pedestal results in a “whole-of-government strategy” where there is a concerted effort across all agencies and ministries. There is no unhealthy competition; all actors and players in the food security ecosystem can work together. Such concerted effort will result in effective policy implementation, creating an entire ecosystem of support including various players such as producers, academia and industry R&D, policy makers and even consumers.

History has demonstrated how other countries look at the current situation and how they have taken important steps to ensure their national food security while Malaysia has achieved a zero score in food safety indicators and policies under the Global Food Safety Index (GFSI) 2020. Therefore, it is time to have a holistic approach and strategy by the government to make food security a top priority.

Results from MDEC’s Digital Agtech pilot projects have showcased the viability of digital technologies and automation in agriculture. However, there is room for even more technological improvement. We can go beyond Industry 4.0’s version of agri-tech, and into “agtech 5.0” which is also envisioned under Malaysia 5.0, inspired by Japan’s Society 5.0. Malaysia 5.0’s vision is to create a society that is highly integrated with technology, as well as to be governed by inclusive and equitable eco-vironmental principles and practices.

In the near future, innovative fintech and trading platform such as blockchain-based peer-to-peer (p2p) marketplace platform may be considered to support small farmers by minimising the role of the middlemen (if not cut out entirely) and ensure best values for the consumers and better margins for the farmers.

Similar technologies should be applied to other crops in Malaysia, rice in particular. Despite being a major rice consumer, Malaysia is only producing roughly 70 per cent of the total demand internally, while the remaining are imported. In fact, its self-sufficiency level dropped slightly from 70 per cent in 2018, to 69 per cent in 2019. A global crisis such as Covid-19 pandemic has shown Malaysia’s vulnerability in food security when trade activities are halted, depriving Malaysia from its staple food.

Thus, in addition to transcending the current notion of food security (achieved via imports supplementation) to actual self-sufficiency (at least for staple foods, major livestocks and aquaculture; for obvious national security reasons), there is existing and sizeable captive market with an upward trend to be capitalised on and technological advancement is the only way forward towards food safety, security and soverignty. The time to act on this is now.


Bidang keselamatan makanan nasional merupakan tonggak yang sangat penting dalam strategi keseluruhan pembangunan negara melalui hubungan timbal balik dengan bidang sosio ekonomi yang lain. Strategi keselamatan makanan negara yang berkesan akan mewujudkan ketersediaan dan kemampuan, seterusnya dapat menjimatkan perbelanjaan keseluruhan isi rumah. Di pihak kerajaan pula, sebahagian besar peruntukan negara boleh disalurkan kepada sektor lain yang lebih memerlukan.

Kita memahami bahawa salah satu ciri unik Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0 (4IR) adalah kecekapan yang dapat dicapai membabitkan seluruh industri. Industri pertanian adalah antara sektor yang akan mendapat manfaat besar dari 4IR. Menerusi ‘kuasa’ 4IR, ia mampu menguruskan isu keselamatan dan jaminan makanan kepada rakyat dengan lebih tersusun serta mengurangkan tekanan terhadap sumber yang dimiliki.

Beberapa ciri teknologi kini telah menjadi kebiasaanya yang digunakan dalam sektor pertanian malah boleh dikatakan ia telah diubah dalam tempoh yang singkat oleh teknologi 4IR. Ini menyebabkan para petani generasi awal berdepan kesukaran untuk membiasakan diri memandangkan mereka sudah terbiasa dengan kaedah pertanian tradisional seperti ladang yang luas dan menggunakan tenaga buruh yang ramai.

4IR boleh dilihat sebagai keperluan mendesak untuk keselamatan makanan. Oleh hal yang demikian, maka tidaklah menghairankan apabila negara-negara yang terkedepan dalam bidang food security seperti Finland, Ireland, Belanda, Jerman, Jepun, Singapura dan Korea Selatan telah lama meningkatkan keupayaan teknologi untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyatnya menerusi “Society 5.0” versi masing – masing. Ini merangkumi kemampuan untuk menyediakan sumber makanan kepada rakyatnya.

Analisis yang lebih terperinci membabitkan negara-negara terkemuka ini menerusi Indeks Keselamatan Makanan Sedunia (GFSI) atau Global Food Security Index menunjukkan bahawa kumpulan ini menumpukan usaha untuk meningkatkan teknologi pertanian dan makanan dengan memberi keutamaan terhadap pertanian berteknologi tinggi, kemampuan kejuruteraan dan prinsip ekonomi sebagai tonggak strategi keselamatan makanan nasional.

Antara trend lain di negara berkenaan membabitkan sektor ini termasuklah menjadikan keselamatan makanan sebagai keutamaan paling penting oleh pentadbiran serta membuat pelaburan besar dalam penyelidikan dan pembangunan teknologi pertanian dan memberi tumpuan tumpuan khusus kepada petani kecil dan pengusaha teknologi pertanian tempatan melalui pembiayaan inovatif, skim insentif dan menghubungkan dengan rangkaian e-dagang yang luas.

Sehubungan itu, memiliki strategi keselamatan makanan nasional yang jelas merupakan salah satu syarat yang paling penting agar semua elemen keselamatan makanan yang lain dapat disatukan dengan baik.

Menyedari keselamatan makanan merupakan isu nasional dan bukan sekadar peraturan yang diperkenalkan, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) sebenarnya turut mempunyai konsep yang terbukti berkesan dalam sektor pertanian. Penerapan percubaan oleh MDEC terhadap teknologi pertanian 4IR sangat berjaya yang melibatkan pelbagai aktiviti pertanian seperti fertigasi pintar, penyemburan halus secara kabus pintar, akuakultur pintar, perternakan ayam pintar, pengairan pintar dan pemantauan tanah pintar. MDEC melihat teknologi pertanian ini telah meningkatkan produktiviti, kualiti dan pendapatan petani kecil lebih dari 20%. Sebilangan besar petani menikmati pendapatan yang lebih tinggi dan berjaya membawa hasil mereka ke pasaran.

Meletakkan agenda ini pada landasan yang tinggi akan menghasilkan “strategi keseluruhan kerajaan” (A whole-of-government strategy) membabitkan keupayaan bersama oleh semua kementerian dan agensi. Tidak wujud persaingan yang tidak sihat dan hanky panky kerana semua pemain dalam ekosistem keselamatan makanan bekerjasama. Usaha bersepadu ini menghasilkan penguatkuasaan peraturan yang berkesan, mewujudkan keseluruhan ekosistem termasuk sokongan oleh pengeluar, para akademik, bidang penyelidikan dan pembangunan, pembuat dasar dan juga pengguna.

Kita harus belajar dari sejarah negara lain serta melihat keadaan semasa. Negara-negara lain telah mengambil langkah penting untuk menjamin keselamatan makanan nasional mereka sementara Malaysia pula mencapai skor sifar dalam petunjuk keselamatan makanan dan dasar di bawah GFSI 2020. Oleh itu, sudah tiba waktunya untuk Malaysia mempunyai pendekatan menyeluruh dan strategi holistik oleh kerajaan bagi menjadikan keselamatan makanan sebagai keutamaan penting.

Hasil dari projek perintis Digital Agtech oleh MDEC telah memperlihatkan keupayaan teknologi digital dan automasi dalam pertanian. Walau bagaimanapun, masih ada ruang untuk peningkatan teknologi. Kita dapat melepasi versi agri-tech Industry 4.0 dan memasuki “agtech” yang juga dicadangkan di bawah Malaysia 5.0 yang diilhamkan berdasarkan Society 5.0 negara Jepun. Visi Malaysia 5.0 adalah untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang sangat bersepadu dengan teknologi, ditabdir oleh prinsip dan amalan eco-vironmental yang inklusif dan adil.

Dalam masa terdekat, platform fintech dan perdagangan yang inovatif seperti platform pasar peer-to-peer (p2p) berasaskan blockchain boleh dipertimbangkan untuk menyokong petani kecil dengan meminimumkan peranan orang tengah (jika tidak dibanteras sepenuhnya) dan memastikan harga terbaik untuk pengguna dan margin yang lebih tinggi untuk petani.

Teknologi serupa harus digunakan untuk tanaman lain di Malaysia terutamanya padi. Walaupun kita merupakan pengguna beras utama, Malaysia hanya berupaya menghasilkan sekitar 70 peratus dari permintaan domestiknya manakala selebihnya diimport. Sebenarnya, tahap keupayaan pengeluaran beras negara telah menurun sedikit dari 70 peratus pada 2018 kepada 69 peratus pada 2019. Krisis global seperti pandemik Covid-19 telah menunjukkan negara kita rentan terhadap isu keselamatan makanan apabila aktiviti perdagangan makanan ruji ini turut tenganggu.

Oleh itu, selain menjangkaui gagasan keselamatan makanan (dicapai melalui suplemen import) kepada kepuasan diri sebenar (sekurang-kurangnya untuk makanan ruji, ternakan utama dan akuakultur untuk keselamatan negara yang jelas), terdapat pasaran dan trend yang cukup besar dan menaik yang akan digunakan. Kemajuan teknologi adalah cara yang tidak dapat dielakkan menuju ke hadapan. Sekarang masanya kita untuk bertindak ke arah food safety, food security and food sovereignty.

Digital Job Vacancies Almost Tripled in Malaysia

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  • Tracked from June 2020 to April 2021, more than 75 percent of the vacancies are for experienced talents
  • Sharp rise indicates a thriving digital economy amid the pandemic

Opinion Editorial by Dr. Sumitra Nair, Vice President & Head of Digital Skills and Jobs at the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

As Malaysia and the world is experiencing extended impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of digital is ever more important for the survival of businesses. It is therefore not entirely surprising that digital job vacancies in Malaysia have almost tripled from June 2020 to April 2021. This finding was made based on Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s tracking of digital vacancies on five popular recruitment platforms in Malaysia since June 2020. MDEC found that the number of digital job vacancies increased from around 19,000 in June last year to more than 56,000 vacancies as at April 2021, with the largest share of vacancies posted on Linkedin. The most popular jobs posted were in Software Development, Data Science, IT Services and eCommerce. 76 percent of the vacancies were for experienced hires, versus only about 20 percent of vacancies open to fresh graduates and rest being for internships.

Based on data extracted from the LinkedIn Talent Insights (LTI) platform, skills which are high in demand in Malaysia as well as the South East Asian region include analytical skills, software development, various programming languages and cloud computing.

As more non-tech industries embrace digitalisation, companies in market research, cosmetics, music and tobacco have been actively hiring digital talents over the past year. At the same time, the information communications technology and financial services sectors are struggling to meet the strong demand for digital talents in their respective sectors.

MDEC’s Digital Skills and Jobs Division made these findings based on its analysis of data derived from the LTI platform in April 2021. MDEC’s research involved more than 960 digital roles across all industries in Malaysia and the South East Asian region.

Where are these digital talents?
As of April 2021, there are more than 240,000 digital talents in Malaysia that have LinkedIn profiles and more than half of them are located in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur. Outside the usual hotspots, a surplus of digital talents can also be found in Johor, Penang and Malacca, most likely due to the presence of universities like Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University Sains Malaysia and Multimedia University in those states. Employers who are in dire need for digital talents may want to run their recruitment drives in those states.

The most popular job titles amongst digital talents in Malaysia include Digital Marketing Executive/Specialist/Manager, Data Scientist, Full Stack or Software Engineer, Head of Digital and interestingly, YouTuber. Data from LTI also suggest that over the last one year, there has been a 20 to 30 percent growth in the number of talents that are either self-employed, working as freelancers or YouTubers. This trend of growing number of self-employed or freelancers bodes well with the government’s growing focus on the gig economy and workers. This includes MDEC’s GLOW Penjana programme which trained more than 10,000 unemployed Malaysians on how to secure freelance jobs via online platforms.

What skillsets do these talents have?
In Malaysia, fast growing digital skills includes Computer Science, Information Technology, Python and Adobe Premier Pro which consistently showed a growth of more than 30 percent in the past year. Phyton is one of the foundational skills for data science careers which may explain the spike in this skill. Fast-growing skills in Malaysia are somewhat different from the South East Asian region. For example, there’s been much steeper growth in data analytics, back-end web development and React.js skills in the region compared to the types of popular skills in Malaysia. Since the skills that are in demand in Malaysia include Cloud Computing and a variety of programming languages, digital talents who wish to enhance their marketability would do well to pick up skills that are fast growing in our neighbouring countries.

What do these trends mean for Malaysian talents?
While the number of digital job vacancies is high, the majority of the vacancies are for experienced talent. This poses a challenge to fresh graduates. In the short term, fresh graduates could close their experience gap by taking up digital jobs on freelance basis via platforms like Upwork, Freelancer.com or Fiverr. At the same time, junior level talents should also start to pick up some of the in-demand digital skills like analytical skills, software development, various programming languages and cloud computing. To help talents identify the right training courses, MDEC has established the Digital Skills Training Directory which lists courses that have been reviewed and endorsed by expert tech practitioners. Job seekers would do well to refer to this directory, while those who are employed can also enhance their careers by taking up courses to acquire some of the in-demand skills mentioned in this article.

As for secondary school leavers or pre-university students who are wondering what courses to pursue in university, these trends suggest promising career opportunities in digital technology-related disciplines. In this regard, MDEC works with 11 universities and five Polytechnics as part of our Premier Digital Tech Institutions initiative. Thanks to the strong collaboration between these institutions and industry players, more than 90 percent of their digital tech graduates get employed within six months of graduation.


Malaysia Catat Peningkatan 3 Kali Ganda Jawatan Kosong Digital

  • Kajian bermula Jun 2020 hingga April 2021 mendapati sebanyak 75 peratus kekosongan jawatan adalah untuk tenaga kerja berpengalaman
  • Kenaikan mendadak ini menunjukkan ekonomi digital terus berkembang ketika pandemik

Oleh Dr Sumitra Nair, Naib Presiden dan Ketua Bahagian Kemahiran dan Kerjaya Digital MDEC.

Oleh kerana Malaysia dan dunia mengalami kesan yang berpanjangan akibat pandemik COVID-19, peranan digital semakin penting untuk kelangsungan perniagaan. Oleh itu, tidaklah menghairankan bahawa Malaysia telah menyaksikan peningkatan hampir tiga kali ganda jawatan kosong digital bermula Jun 2020 hingga April 2021. Data ini diperolehi berdasarkan kajian kekosongan pekerjaan digital oleh Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) di lima platform pengambilan popular di Malaysia sejak Jun 2020. MDEC mendapati pada Jun tahun lalu, jumlah kekosongan jawatan digital ialah sebanyak 19,000 dan meningkat kepada lebih 56, 000 kekosongan pada Mac 2021. LinkedIn menawarkan kekosongan jawatan paling banyak berbanding empat platform lain. Pekerjaan paling popular meliputi bidang Pembangunan Perisian, Sains Data, Perkhidmatan IT dan e-dagang. Sebanyak 76 peratus kekosongan adalah untuk pekerja berpengalaman berbanding hanya 20 peratus yang ingin graduan baharu manakala selebihnya untuk pelajar menjalankan latihan industri.

Berdasarkan data daripada platform LinkedIn Talent Insights (LTI), kemahiran yang sangat diminati di Malaysia dan Asia Tenggara merangkumi bidang analitik, pengembangan perisian serta pengaturcaraan dan pengkomputeran awan. Pada masa sama, semakin banyak industri bukan teknologi seperti syarikat pasaran, kosmetik, muzik dan tembakau telah meningkatkan pengambilan bakat digital sejak setahun lalu. Selain itu didapati sektor teknologi maklumat , komunikasi dan perkhidmatan kewangan juga turut berusaha untuk memenuhi permintaan yang tinggi untuk bakat digital di sektor masing-masing. Bahagian Kemahiran dan Pekerjaan Digital MDEC mendedahkan perkara ini berdasarkan analisis data yang diperoleh dari platform LTI pada April 2021. Penyelidikan MDEC melibatkan lebih daripada 960 peranan digital di semua industri di Malaysia dan Asia Tenggara.

Di manakah bakat digital ini?
Sehingga April 2021, didapati lebih 240,000 bakat digital di Malaysia mempunyai profil LinkedIn dan lebih separuh menetap di Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur. Selain itu, taburan bakat digital juga didapati di Johor, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka .Ini berkemungkinan besar disebabkan oleh kewujudan beberapa universiti seperti Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia dan Universiti Multimedia di negeri-negeri tersebut. Majikan yang sangat memerlukan bakat digital mungkin akan melaksanakan pengambilan pekerja mereka di negeri-negeri tersebut.

Jawatan paling popular di kalangan bakat digital di Malaysia merangkumi eksekutif, pakar, pengurus pemasaran digital, saintis data, jurutera perisian, ketua bahagian digital dan yang paling menarik ialah
YouTuber. Data daripada LTI juga menunjukkan bahawa sejak setahun lalu, terdapat peningkatan antara 20 hingga 30 peratus dalam jumlah bakat yang bekerja sendiri sebagai freelancer atau YouTuber. Kecenderungan peningkatan bilangan pekerja bebas ini sesuai dengan fokus kerajaan terhadap ekonomi gig. Ini termasuk program Global Online Workforce (GLOW) Penjana MDEC yang melatih lebih daripada 10,000 rakyat Malaysia yang menganggur mengenai cara mendapatkan pekerjaan bebas melalui platform dalam talian.

Apa kemahiran yang dimiliki bakat ini?
Di Malaysia, kemahiran digital yang berkembang pesat merangkumi Sains Komputer, Teknologi Maklumat, Python dan Adobe Premier Pro yang secara konsisten menunjukkan pertumbuhan lebih dari 30 peratus pada tahun lalu. Phyton adalah salah satu kemahiran asas untuk kerjaya sains data yang dapat menjelaskan lonjakan kemahiran ini. Kemahiran yang berkembang pesat di Malaysia agak berbeza di negara -negara Asia Tenggara yang lain. Sebagai contoh terdapat peningkatan ketara membabitkan data analitik, dalam analitik data dan kemahiran pengembangan laman web dan kemahiran React di negara – negara berkenaan. Memandangkan kemahiran digital yang sangat diminati di Malaysia termasuk pengkomputeran awan dan pelbagai program pengaturcaraan, bakat digital tempayan yang ingin meningkatkan kebolehpasaran mereka boleh mendalami kemahiran yang sedang berkembang di negara -jiran.

Apakah maksud trend ini untuk bakat Malaysia?
Walaupun jumlah kekosongan jawatan digital adalah tinggi namun kebanyakan adalah untuk pekerja berpengalaman. Ini memberi cabaran kepada graduan baharu. Dalam jangka masa pendek, graduan baharu boleh merapatkan jurang pengalaman dengan menyertai pekerjaan bebas digital melalui platform seperti Upwork, Freelancer.com atau Fiverr. Pada masa yang sama, bakat digital junior ini juga harus mempelajari beberapa kemahiran digital yang sangat diperlukan seperti analitik, pengembangan perisian, pengaturcaraan dan pengkomputeran awan. Dalam usaha membantu bakat memilih kursus latihan yang tepat, MDEC telah mewujudkan Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital yang menyenaraikan kursus yang telah disemak dan disahkan oleh pengamal teknologi pakar. Pencari kerja dinasihatkan supaya merujuk ke direktori ini manakala pekerja sedia ada juga dapat meningkatkan kemahiran dengan mengikuti kursus -kursus yang ditawarkan.

Bagi lepasan sekolah menengah atau pelajar pra-universiti yang masih keliru mengenai kursus yang harus dipohon di universiti, trend ini menunjukkan peluang kerjaya dalam bidang berkaitan teknologi digital. Dalam hal ini, MDEC bekerjasama dengan 11 universiti dan lima politeknik menerusi inisiatif Institusi Teknologi Digital Premier (PDTI). Hasil kerjasama erat ini yang turut membabitkan pemain industri, lebih daripada 90 peratus graduan teknologi digital mereka mendapat pekerjaan dalam tempoh enam bulan selepas graduasi.

#SayaDigital – MDEC Bantu Masyarakat Tingkatkan Literasi Digital

Bertempat di ruang parkir berhampiran Blok C, Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Hiliran Ampang di sini baru-baru ini, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) berjaya melaksanakan pelancaran kempen #SayaDigital peringkat kebangsaan.

Majlis berkenaan berlangsung meriah di sebalik pematuhan ketat terhadap prosedur operasi standard (SOP) ditetapkan kerajaan. Peserta dan penduduk setempat yang hadir kelihatan bersemangat untuk meningkatkan kemahiran literasi digital masing-masing.

Pelancaran diserikan dengan kehadiran tetamu kehormat antaranya Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia, Datuk Seri Hj. Mohammad Mentek.

Lebih istimewa, pelancaran dilakukan oleh YAB Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menerusi video ucapan beliau yang disiarkan pada majlis berkenaan.

Apakah #SayaDigital? Kempen #SayaDigital diperkenalkan MDEC bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kemahiran digital rakyat terutamanya warga emas, belia dan kumpulan B40 dan kumpulan rentan sosio ekonomi bagi merebut peluang dalam ekonomi digital.

Kempen #SayaDigital pada tahun ini memberi fokus kepada empat komponen iaitu melatih anak muda menjadi sukarelawan Geng #SayaDigital, mewujudkan kesedaran melalui aktiviti literasi digital, menjalankan penilaian kesediaan digital dan memberi latihan kemahiran asas digital kepada komuniti. Seramai 25 orang Geng #SayaDigital telah dilantik bagi melatih peserta-peserta dengan kemahiran asas digital.
Kempen ini secara keseluruhan menyasarkan untuk memanfaatkan 10,000 rakyat di seluruh negara. Sebelum pelancaran, tiga program rintis fizikal telah diadakan untuk meningkatkan kesedaran celik digital yang melibatkan penyertaan seramai 301 peserta dengan yang terbaharu diadakan di Kampung Desa Temuan di Bukit Lanjan pada hujung Mac lalu.

Geng #SayaDigital sebagai ‘cikgu digital’ bantu golongan sasar
Salah seorang Geng #SayaDigital, Muhammad Zulhusmi Feizal, 27, berkongsi pengalamannya mengajar para peserta yang terdiri daripada warga emas dan suri rumah untuk celik digital berdasarkan modul satu seperti penggunaan aplikasi WhatsApp, Facebook, Tiktok, Gmail dan Google.

Menurut Muhammad Zulhusni, dia mula bertugas pada Februari selepas menamatkan kursus selama dua hari anjuran MDEC pada Januari. Graduan bidang Pendidikan Sains Matematik, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) itu berkata, penglibatannya sebagai pengajar untuk menyumbang kepada aspirasi MDEC dalam menyediakan rakyat Malaysia berkemahiran digital merupakan pengalaman menarik.

Mengenai cabaran yang dihadapi, Muhammad Zulhusmi yang kini bertugas sebagai eksekutif di sebuah syarikat swasta berkata, peserta terutamanya warga emas didapati mengambil masa yang agak lama untuk memahami teknologi digital.

“Saya sering menekankan kepada mereka mengenai kepentingan penggunaan digital dalam urusan harian seperti tidak perlu keluar membeli makanan sebaliknya hanya menempah sahaja di platform – platform yang menawarkan perkhidmatan penghantaran selain boleh melakukan transaksi kewangan seperti membayar bil dan sebagainya. Ini dapat mengurangkan pergerakan keluar rumah ketika negara kita dilanda penularan wabak COVID-19,” katanya.

Agatheeswary digitalkan warga emas di Selayang
Peluang menjadi geng #SayaDigital digunakan Agatheeswary Ananda Rao,27 untuk menerangkan kepada warga emas mengenai kemudahan digital yang dapat memudahkan kehidupan harian.

Ujarnya, ketika ini dia bertanggungjawab untuk mengajar enam ‘pelajar’ yang terdiri daripada warga emas mengenai modul satu dalam bahasa Tamil.

“Apabila mengajar dalam bahasa pertuturan seharian peserta, saya mendapati mereka lebih berminat dan mahu terus belajar mengenai media sosial. Pada masa hadapan, saya berharap dapat terus terlibat dengan program ini kerana ia memberi manfaat yang besar kepada masyarakat,” katanya.

Agatheeswary berkata, dia juga berharap supaya lebih ramai warga emas di sekitar Selayang, Batu Caves dan Gombak dapat merebut peluang untuk mempelajari kemahiran digital dan mengaplikasi dalam kehidupan harian.

Belajar digital untuk kembangkan perniagaan
Seorang peserta #SayaDigital di PPR Hiliran Ampang, Aznin Bahari, 46, berkata, dia teruja mempelajari pelbagai aplikasi media sosial sejak menyertai kelas pertama pada bulan lepas.

“Saya diajar bagaimana untuk menggunakan Tiktok, Facebook dan melakukan urusan perbankan secara dalam talian termasuk membayar bil dan menempah makanan menerusi Grab dan Food Panda serta aplikasi kesihatan yang boleh dimuat turun menerusi telefon pintar,” kata ibu kepada tiga anak itu.

Aznin berkata, ketika ini dia sedang belajar untuk membuka halaman Facebook khas untuk perniagaan ais krim Malaysia yang mula diusahakan sejak 2018.

“Sebelum ini saya mempromosikan ais krim menerusi Facebook peribadi dan status WhatsApp sahaja. Mungkin selepas ini boleh promosi di Tiktok. Sekarang saya sedang belajar mengenai Instagram,” katanya.

Ditanya mengenai perniagaan ais krim Malaysia yang dijalankan, Aznin berkata, dia mengeluarkan sekitar 100 hingga 200 batang ais krim setiap hari namun bergantung kepada permintaan. Ujarnya, ais krim yang dihasilkan terdiri daripada dua perisa iaitu gula dan susu dan dijual pada harga RM0.50 dan RM1.00 setiap satu.

“Selepas aktif mempromosikan menerusi media sosial, saya dapati permintaan semakin meningkat sehingga 2,000 sebulan. Hasil jualan boleh digunakan untuk menampung perbelanjaan harian apatah lagi suami yang bekerja sebagai tukang urut kini tidak dapat melaksanakan tugas seperti biasa disebabkan oleh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat (PKPB) yang masih berkuatkuasa,” katanya.

Sementara itu, seorang lagi peserta Yap Yun Ling,47, berkata, dia berterima kasih kepada tenaga pengajarnya yang dipanggil Cikgu June yang membantu memahami fungsi media sosial dan aplikasi dalam talian yang lain.

“Saya belajar untuk memesan makanan menerusi Food Panda dan bagaimana untuk berkongsi lokasi menerusi WhatApps. Saya mengambil masa yang lama untuk belajar namun cikgu sangat baik kerana begitu sabar mengajar saya satu persatu,” katanya yang tinggal di PPR Desa Rejang, Setapak.

Yun Ling yang merupakan seorang suri rumah dan menjadi sukarelawan di komunitinya berkata, ketika ini dia mahu mempelajari cara membayar bil secara dalam talian bagi memudahkan urusan.

“Sebelum ini anak saya pernah mengajar bagaimana untuk membuka akaun Facebook tetapi untuk online banking, ia memerlukan masa untuk saya memahami langkah – langkah yang ditetapkan selain perlu menghubungi bank,” katanya.

Sokongan padu Perdana Menteri untuk #SayaDigital
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menerusi ucapan secara video pada hari pelancaran berkata, beliau menyambut baik kempen ini demi masa hadapan digital Malaysia sebagai mana hasrat Rangka Tindakan Ekonomi Digital Malaysia (MyDIGITAL) yang diperkenalkan kerajaan selaras dengan Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama (WKB) 2030.

“Saya berharap semua peserta program dapat memanfaatkan segala peluang yang tersedia untuk memperolehi ilmu dan kemahiran terbaik dalam bidang ini,” katanya.

Ujar Perdana Menteri, bagi merealisasikan visi ekonomi digital, negara harus menambah baik literasi digital dalam kalangan masyarakat.
“Sehubungan itu, inisiatif #SayaDigital yang dilancarkan oleh MDEC merupakan kesinambungan daripada inisiatif MyDIGITAL yang bertujuan untuk mempercepatkan pertumbuhan masyarakat celik digital di negara ini,” katanya.

Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah pula berkata, #SayaDigital menyokong strategi menyeluruh MyDIGITAL yang menyusun pelan halatuju untuk mencapai visi menjadikan Malaysia peneraju serantau dalam ekonomi digital menjelang 2030.

“Menerusinya, kerajaan berhasrat untuk mewujudkan 500,000 peluang pekerjaan, menerapkan ciri digital untuk 875,000 Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) dan mikro dan seterusnya menjadi pemangkin untuk 5,000 syarikat pemula. Sehubungan itu, #SayaDigital yang dilancarkan secara rasmi pada hari ini menunjukkan komitmen jelas kerajaan untuk melibatkan rakyat pelbagai golongan supaya mereka mendapat manfaat daripada ekonomi digital yang mekar berkembang selaras dengan WKB 2030,” katanya.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MDEC, Surina Shukri berkata, agensi berkenaan yang diberi mandat untuk transformasi digital dan pelaburan negara dengan rekod prestasi telah menggabungkan #SayaDigital dengan pelbagai objektif utama untuk memastikan kejayaan perlaksanaan.

“MDEC sangat memahami bahawa rakyat pelbagai lapisan termasuk penghuni di PPR juga perlu dilibatkan dalam inisiatif yang dilaksanakan supaya kemajuan dan lonjakan digital yang sedang berlaku di negara kita tidak meminggirkan golongan ini. Inilah usaha MDEC mendigitalkan golongan rentan sosio ekonomi dalam usaha kita menjadi Nadi Digital ASEAN dan mencapai Malaysia 5.0,” katanya.

#SayaDigital yang diperkenalkan pada Ogos tahun lalu telah memanfaatkan seramai 1,606 peserta menerusi projek rintis yang dilaksanakan bermula Disember 2020 hingga Mac tahun ini.

“#SayaDigital juga telah melaksanakan sebanyak lapan program secara dalam talian menerusi Facebook live yang berjaya mencapai lebih 16,000 tontonan. Pada tahun ini, MDEC akan memperluaskan #SayaDigital di seluruh negara di 12 lokasi yang dikenalpasti dan menyasarkan penyertaan 10,000 warga emas, belia dan kumpulan rentan sosio ekonomi untuk pelajari kemahiran digital,” kata Surina Shukri.

“#SayaDigital juga telah melaksanakan sebanyak lapan program secara dalam talian menerusi Facebook live yang berjaya mencapai lebih 16,000 tontonan. Pada tahun ini, MDEC akan memperluaskan #SayaDigital di seluruh negara di 12 lokasi yang dikenalpasti dan menyasarkan penyertaan 10,000 warga emas, belia dan kumpulan rentan sosio ekonomi untuk pelajari kemahiran digital,” kata Surina Shukri.

Malaysia Leads Global Islamic Economy Indicator for Eighth Consecutive Years – Driven by Strong Islamic Finance Initiatives and Ecosystem

Malaysia continues to forge the way ahead in Islamic economy and finance, leading the way for the eighth consecutive year based on the ranking by the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI). Its burgeoning Islamic FinTech and economy sectors continue to flourish aided by governmental support and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) continuous push to expand the digitalisation of the economy and an aggressive creation of a conducive ecosystem for which it can thrive on.

For years, the government of Malaysia has identified Islamic finance and Islamic digital economy as Key Economic Growth Activities (KEGA) towards achieving and maintaining its position as the global Islamic FinTech hub. Malaysia is the largest Sukuk issuer in the world as well as having one of the best Halal standards globally.

“These global recognitions pave the way for Malaysia to continue to lead as the global Islamic FinTech hub and towards becoming the Heart of Digital ASEAN. With our strong digital economy ecosystem within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member nations, we have comparative advantage over others in providing Shariah-compliant Islamic finance and FinTech services globally.

“We are extremely proud of our leadership position and MDEC will continue to work with financial regulators and industry partners from all relevant areas to further enhance our capabilities, facilities and capacities to ensure we maintain our global leadership position,” said Mr Gopi Ganesalingam, MDEC Vice President, Digitally-Powered Businesses division.

According to the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (GIER) 2019/20, Muslims are expected to spend US$2.4 trillion by 2024, up from US$2.2 trillion in 2018. GIEI also revealed that 66% of consumers are willing to pay more for ethical products while a report from Thomson Reuters projected Shariah-compliant assets worldwide will reach US$3.8 trillion by 2022. On top of the recently-signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement which created the world’s largest trading bloc, Malaysia stand to capture 30 per cent of the world population.

A new economic frontier has opened up for Malaysia.

“To continue stimulating growth in the Islamic digital economy, a collective effort and commitment from various parties will be crucial to identify opportunities, issues and challenges. Effective collaboration will improve innovation. The key towards achieving inclusive financial growth is to have a strong effort to embed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies like Islamic FinTech to ensure fair and equitable distribution across income groups and a shared prosperity for all in line with the recently-announced Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and Malaysia 5.0,”said Datuk Wira Dr. Hj. Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of MDEC.

Malaysia’s excellent track record in fundraising augurs well overall, with the Securities Commission reporting a 130 percent increase on 2018 involving 1,449 SMEs, 18,700 investors (91 percent increase) and 5,612 campaigns (131 percent increase) launched. Islamic capital market grew by eight percent, to RM2 trillion, outpacing overall capital market growth of three percent.

Malaysia also offers the perfect platform for Islamic FinTech companies to roll out their product offerings before tapping into other Muslim-majority countries. Bank Negara Malaysia, BNM (Malaysia Central Bank) and the Securities Commission have allowed for innovation in FinTech to proliferate such expansion.

The Malaysia government, through MDEC, have implemented various measures and initiatives. In partnership with regulators, agencies, corporations, financial institutions, accelerators and other relevant bodies, MDEC continues to roll out and introduce plans and programmes to conquer this new economic opportunity.

One such initiative is the Digital Financial Inclusion which is aimed at improving the knowledge of the B40 (bottom 40 percent earners) and micro SMEs on financial services. The collaborative programme, in partnership with 11 FinTech companies have onboarded 2,300 users from the three main product offerings mainly the micro financing, micro investment and micro insurance.

While FinTech Booster, in collaboration with BNM, is a capacity-boosting programme by MDEC to assist FinTech companies, both local and international, to develop their products and services via three strategic modules; Legal and Compliance, Business Model and Technology. Since its launch, there have been six public workshops and nineteen private workshops conducted with over 400 registrations as of March 2021 on the website, ranging from both local and foreign companies.

The second pillar, to be launched this year, will be on market access and business opportunities for FinTech, and the third, technological integration.
Malaysia have all the right makings and ecosystem to make it the global Islamic FinTech hub which includes having a matured Islamic finance environment and has a conducive and cost-effective business setting. It is also blessed with talents, from having world-renowned academicians, Shariah scholars to Islamic finance experts as well as a steady stream of local and international talent pool in FinTech and Islamic finance. All these factors bode well in maintaining its driving seat in the Wave 2.0 of Islamic finance. Malaysia is ready and waiting.

Cabotage policy – Let’s Get Clever

There are two strong opposing views on the issue of the cabotage policy impacting the undersea internet cable industry, and both seem to have a strong argument with good intention that requires clarity.

However, on balance, the view that exemption from the cabotage policy for the industry is the right thing to do, must be given precedence for the sake of making our country an attractive investment destination for digital infrastructure, especially in light of our aspirations set out in the MYDIGITAL Blueprint and to truly be the Heart of Digital ASEAN.

Let’s first discuss the view that the cabotage policy is detrimental in making Malaysia the choice for investment destination especially high value digital investment.

The Global Digital Economy runs on top of the Internet, a digital infrastructure that spans the globe, consisting of data centers to house all the data and optical fiber cables that move data around the world. The only way for global data connectivity to take place in this digital infrastructure is via crisscrossing cables under seas and oceans to reach every country, and hence they are called submarine cables.

They are essential strategic assets for countries to be part of the global digital infrastructure, as economic activities riding on the back of submarine cables include e-commerce, data transfer, financial transactions, business processing, digital exports, social interactions, services delivery and communications impacting national security.

An RTI International report in August 2020 on Economic Impacts of Submarine Fiber Optic Cables and Broadband Connectivity in Malaysia showed submarine cables landing had contributed to a 6.9% increase in GDP per capita and a 3.6% increase in employment in the services sector between 2008 and 2015.

Submarine cables are extremely expensive, require partners from different countries, and take three to four years from planning to be operational and ready for service. Maintenance of such cables is also an expensive affair and cable owners collaborate to share the costs.

Specialized ships, called submarine cable ships, are used to deploy the cable under the sea as well as maintain and repair these cables in case of breakage from earthquakes, storms or damage from ship anchors, mining and fishing. There are fewer than 60 such ships in the world today and therefore they have to be shared.

A cable ship is required to stay in one position at sea during a repair and is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning (DP) system consisting of thrusters and computer systems to precisely maintain its position without drifting, regardless of wind and sea conditions.

Depending on their capability to maintain their position accurately under different conditions such as weather, depth of the sea, ability for the ship to withstand equipment failure, flooding and fire, such ships are classified as:

  1. DP1 class ships – suitable for shallow water use with low risk of equipment failure but will have to abandon the repair job if any important equipment like the computer or thrusters fail, causing the ship to drift out of position.
  2. DP2 class ships – with a built-in redundancy such as two DP computer systems and multiple thrusters to maintain position accurately even after sustaining failure in one important system.
  3. DP3 class of ships – similar to DP2 class ships but can additionally handle a fire or flooding in one compartment.

Cable owners today require the use of DP2 class ships to minimize the risk of repair work being interrupted by equipment failure as well as prevent further damage to the cable, other cables or oil and gas pipelines nearby, when the ship drifted out of position.

Whenever there is a cable outage, the cable owner will immediately identify the nearest available ship capable of performing the repair as quickly as possible. However, very often the best available ship may not be registered, or flagged, by the country whose territorial waters lies in the area where the cable is located.

This is where the issue of cabotage, a law which protects the local shipping industry from foreign competition, becomes relevant. In Malaysia, our cabotage law prevents foreign ships from picking up passengers or cargo from, say Penang to Port Kelang.

Unlike countries like the USA, Taiwan and Philippines, Malaysian cabotage law also covers maritime services, which includes submarine cable deployment and repair, which means when the best ship available for a cable repair is a foreign ship, a Domestic Shipping License Exemption (DSLE) is required and before this can be issued, local ship owners are asked for their consent through the Malaysia Ship Owners Association (MASA). In fact, ship owners who think they can handle the repair job can block the issuance of the DSLE.

In the case of submarine cable repair, there is one Malaysian company in the business which has four cable ships and two barges for shallow water cable laying. All its vessels are DP1 class and this has been the key point of dispute resulting in long delays for arbitration as the cable owners want DP2 class vessels.

When Malaysia started to attract data centre investments, one of the key issues highlighted by both foreign investors was the long delays in obtaining permits for submarine cable repairs — prior to 2019 the average was 27 days with one case taking longer than 100 days.

Local telecom companies with submarine cable investments like Telekom Malaysia and Time DotCom also appealed to the Government to exempt submarine cable repairs from cabotage.

Hence, in April 2019, the then Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke issued an exemption order. This was positively received by investors and local telcos and plans were made to land cables in Malaysia.

However, in November 2020, the current Minister of Transport, Wee Ka Siong revoked the cabotage exemption for submarine cable repair, much to the surprise of investors and local telcos.

This reversal is a step backward, as investors have expressed strong interest and some were in the final stage of committing investments, recognising that the exemption will reduce repair times and increase reliability.

Hence, the industry is shocked by the abrupt decision on the reversal of cabotage exemption without meaningful stakeholders’ consultation to protect a single company. It creates risks to Malaysia’s critical digital infrastructure and growing digital economy by making it less attractive for infrastructure investment.

Now, let’s look at the arguments forwarded by the other side, which mainly rests on the critical need to develop local capabilities.

The occurrence of submarine cable faults in Malaysia is between six to nine annually in the past few years and this shows the real domestic market opportunities is not high enough to make it feasible to invest in DP2 or DP3 vessels.

Furthermore, there are other maritime services within Malaysian waters with larger market opportunities and lower entry cost that local players can participate and build up capabilities to compete.

More importantly, investors look for certainty and stability when they choose investment locations. Digital infrastructure investments such as data centres and submarine cables are hugely expensive and require multi-decade commitments.

When government policies impacting investors are arbitrarily changed without prior consultation, there is no certainty or stability that would provide assurance to the investors.

When the other side of the divide says the delay in repair works has already been reduced to 10 days, and thereby harping on cabotage exemption is a minor issue, it misses the point in the sense that it’s not so much the delay but the changing of policy wilfully without consulting the relevant stakeholders is the issue, as it strongly signals uncertainty and increased risk on the part of the investors. What if other policies change suddenly and arbitrarily?

The impact in the reversal of cabotage exemption is immediate – two new cables were announced by Facebook and Google to be landing in Singapore and Indonesia recently, both without any landing in Malaysia.

There are also strong industry sources indicating three new cables originally planned to be landing in Malaysia are now, “under review”. Also under review are potential data centre investments between RM12 to RM15 billion in FDI. Emerging from the pandemic, Malaysia needs such investments more than ever and in doing so, we cannot afford to play the same old, same old protectionist games.

Submarine fault occurrence in Malaysia in a year as mentioned above is small but for every minute of outage, there are huge economic, reputational and opportunity losses to Malaysia, as the outage can run into days, weeks or even months.

The longer the time it takes to repair the submarine cables, the longer we will be in the state of being digitally disconnect, thus depriving Malaysians from the basic fundamental right of modern-day utility, which is connectivity.

What is needed now is not only the restoration of the cabotage exemption immediately but also, in the longer term, the critical need to have the legislation amended to remove submarine cable activities from our definition of cabotage for the sake of attracting more investments, especially the higher value digital investments.

To reiterate:

  1. Everything boils down to one common denominator — transport

Did we not notice that industries in the transportation business got wiped out or almost wiped out by the recent gyrations of a global pandemic? Did we also not notice how just one ship blocking the Suez for 7 days put industries and people into distress, causing US$400 million (RM1.652 billion) an hour in trade and US$9.6 billion (RM39.65 billion) in westbound/eastbound traffic daily !

On the same note and in line with the theme on transportation, In this internet age where every information will need to be transported, processed and acted upon, the single most important commodity that glues the data pods is your transport networks. In our case this is a combination of land-based terrestrial coupled with the massive and growing global undersea fibre optic networks. Try messing with just this one component in its functional chain and you will cause the same havoc. Cabotage and landing rights are the 2 significant show stoppers for Tech (Foreign Direct Investments) FDIs in building capacity and investing in capabilities in any country.

  • This is an Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Service Level Guarantees (SLG) driven industry

The telecommunications service providers are operating at a 99.99% uptime at the minimum for their core networks. This is equivalent to about 53-minute outage for an entire year. So, when there is a fibre cut, the KPI is to get it fixed immediately. Negotiating at the point of catastrophic is not an option. What more if there is one party to negotiate with – How clever is that?

  • Data Centres and Undersea cables are tied to the hip

From a regional and global perspective, it is very obvious for some time now that we have all the 3 pieces for a perfect land grab for Data Centres investments. Good affordable power source, low cost and more importantly stable geophysical land banks, good value for money skilled knowledge workers ready to build and maintain them. Whilst we have this part figured out why are we rocking the boat when it comes to undersea fibre cable network when this is clearly the highest point of failure in a broader ecosystems due to cuts and outages? Let’s get clever !

  • Tech FDIs need clarity and simplicity

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AWS and the likes of them are in a trillion-dollar market transition which is growing and they will look for options. Don’t discount the global Telco’s that are waking up to this demand for capacity. Countries that understand and manage this are going to be winners. We don’t even need to compete. Just be there with the right policy framework to support wave. Insert one variation of the standard business practice or expectations and it’s a great excuse to look elsewhere. Let’s get clever !

#SayaDigital MDEC dedah manfaat digital kepada masyarakat Orang Asli

Pada mendung petang Ahad lepas, sekitar 50 orang penduduk Orang Asli Temuan di Damansara Perdana, Selangor di sini kelihatan beratur panjang untuk mendaftar, mengambil bacaan suhu badan dan menghulurkan tangan untuk disembur cecair pembasmi kuman sebelum dibenarkan masuk ke dewan.

Mereka akan menjadi ‘pelajar’ bagi program Hari Kesedaran Digital sempena Gerakan #SayaDigital anjuran Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) di kampung itu.

Di sebalik penutup muka yang dipakai, masing-masing teruja menerima  delegasi MDEC sebagai tetamu. Seorang demi seorang menduduki kerusi yang disusun dengan jarak satu meter bagi mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP).

Sedikit penerangan mengenai kampung ini. Ia bukanlah seperti kebanyakan kampung Orang Asli yang sering kita lihat iaitu terletak jauh dalam hutan belantara. Sebenarnya, penduduk orang Asli Temuan di sini boleh dikatakan mengamalkan kehidupan serba moden.

Ini kerana kampung mereka hanya ‘tersorok’ sedikit di sebalik bukit berhampiran beberapa pusat membeli belah terkemuka , deretan kondominium mewah dan pejabat pelbagai syarikat antarabangsa yang beroperasi di situ. Jarak untuk ke stesen MRT Damansara Damai pula hanya sekitar 10 minit. Kediaman mereka juga cantik malah ada yang menyerupai rumah banglo mini, mungkin harganya boleh mencecah jutaan ringgit selain deretan kereta yang diparkir di hadapan rumah masing-masing.

Sementara menunggu program bermula, masing-masing leka membelek telefon pintar dan sesekali suara tangisan kanak -kanak menambahkan lagi kemeriahan petang itu.

Mengalu-alukan inisiatif MDEC di kampungnya, seorang penduduk, Tini Ali, 41, berkata, sebenarnya dia turut memanfaatkan teknologi digital apabila menjalankan perniagaan secara dalam talian sejak 10 tahun lalu.

“Ketika perniagaan dalam talian mula menjadi trend, saya turut tidak ketinggalan menceburkan diri. Menggunakan laman Facebook yang dinamakan Fandinie’s Enterprise, saya mempromosikan pelbagai jenis sabun pencuci serta produk lain seperti barang keperluan bayi, kain cadar dan sebagainya,” katanya ketika ditemui wakil blog MDEC selepas program itu baru-baru ini.

Menurut Tini yang bekerja sebagai kerani di sebuah syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC) memberitahu, dia turut menggunakan aplikasi WhatApp untuk mempromosikan produk yang dijualnya kepada rakan-rakan dan penduduk kampung.

“Jelaslah kemudahan digital membantu kehidupan saya terutama untuk menjana pendapatan tambahan. Saya berharap lebih ramai masyarakat Orang Asli Temuan di sini akan turut memanfaatkan teknologi digital,” katanya.

Pada masa sama, Tini turut memberi cadangan bagaimana agensi kerajaan seperti MDEC boleh membantu memahirkan penduduk setempat dengan teknologi digital.

“Sebenarnya, ramai di kalangan penduduk kampung membekalkan bahan mentah seperti daun pisang kepada restoran-restoran makanan India di ibu kota, sayur sayuran dan juga ulam-ulaman kampung. Segalanya dilakukan secara manual.

“Pada masa hadapan, mungkin MDEC boleh membantu membangunkan satu platform atau aplikasi untuk menyenaraikan segala hasil di sini boleh didapati secara dalam talian atau menganjurkan kelas susulan untuk mengajar penduduk di sini melibatkan diri sebagai agen jualan dalam talian atau dropship,” katanya.

Program #SayaDigital anjuran MDEC petang itu antaranya mempunyai pengisian pelbagai latihan kemahiran asas digital termasuk penggunaan WhatsApp, Facebook dan TikTok yang turut menarik penyertaan warga emas Abdul Rahman Abdullah.

Menurut Abdul Rahman,65, dia berasa gembira kerana kampungnya dipilih menjadi lokasi program berkenaan yang sekaligus memberi peluang kepadanya dan penduduk kampung untuk mempelajari aplikasi digital.

“Sebelum ini saya biasa gunakan WhatsApp untuk berhubung dengan ahli keluarga. Hari ini mereka ajar tentang media sosial lain pula,” katanya.

Sementara itu, seorang remaja, Angela Tipongjohn, 16, teruja apabila mencuba aplikasi Foodpanda hasil bantuan tunjuk ajar sukarelawan #SayaDigital.

“Tidak sampai sejam selepas membuat pesanan, makanan yang dipesan sudah dihantar. Pada masa hadapan, mungkin saya akan gunakan aplikasi ini lagi kerana ia memudahkan urusan,”katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi MDEC, Ybhg. Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff yang hadir merasmikan program berkenaan dan menjadi ahli panel dalam sesi dialog bertajuk Peluang Dunia Digital, Masa Depan Yang Lebih Cerah’ berkata, kemahiran digital merupakan keperluan mustahak pada masa kini dan pelbagai perkara boleh dikecapi seperti membantu memudahkan kehidupan, menambah pendapatan, meluaskan perniagaan dan memperkasa kerjaya masa hadapan.

Ujar beliau, inisiatif ‘pendigitalan rakyat’ selari dengan teras MDEC iaitu memperkasa rakyat Malaysia secara digital dan menyokong Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama 2030 dan Rangka Tindakan Ekonomi Digital Malaysia (MyDIGITAL).

“Ini seterusnya akan mencapai aspirasi Malaysia 5.0 iaitu memupuk masyarakat yang terintegrasi dengan teknologi bagi mendepani era Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0,”katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MDEC, Surina Shukri berkata, projek perintis #SayaDigital dianjurkan untuk memberi kesedaran dan kekuatan kepada rakyat kategori rentan sosial ekonomi untuk menerapkan digitalisasi sejajar dengan WKB 2030 dan MyDIGITAL.

“Sebenarnya, program ini dimulakan pada Ogos 2020. Menerusi projek perintis, telah dilaksanakan tiga program dan sembilan inisiatif dalam talian, mencatatkan 1,515 pendaftaran dan memberi manfaat kepada 301 peserta dalam Latihan Literasi Digital Asas hingga kini,” ujarnya.

Beliau menambah, #SayaDigital juga bermatlamat sebagai kajian awal menjelang pelancaran pada peringkat kebangsaan #SayaDigital.

“Kejayaan kempen ini akan memungkinkan rakyat berkemampuan digital dan memanfaatkan sepenuhnya infrastruktur dan faedah dalam ekonomi digital,” katanya.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE DRIVING POSITIVE DIGITAL INVESTMENT MOMENTUM

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of digital economy and opened up avenues to various new digital businesses. As businesses pivot online, the need to lay a solid foundation to aid this new wave of digitalisation is crucial to ensure that Malaysia can holistically transform itself towards an advanced digital economy.    

In 2020, a total of 45 MSC Status projects were approved with investments worth RM3.9 billion. This will pave the way for 3,794 new employment opportunities for Malaysians. Out of the total, RM2.6 billion (66.2%) came from domestic investments, while RM1.3 billion (33.8%) came from foreign investments.

Global tech firms who have operations in Malaysia such as NTT, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems, transcosmos and DKSH CSSC continue to show confidence by re-investing in Malaysia.  

“2020 may not have been a vintage year for foreign direct investments but we continue to see investment momentum in our digital tech industry. Recent commitment from global giants such as Huawei and Dell Technologies is a glowing endorsement of Malaysia’s digital capabilities, platforms and infrastructure, propelling us on course to be the Heart of Digital ASEAN,” said Raymond Siva, MDEC’s Senior Vice President, Investment and Brand Division.

Raymond Siva – MDEC’s Senior Vice President, Investment and Brand Division.

The digital economy is expected to continue its significant contribution to the country in 2021 based on an estimated 19.1% contribution to GDP in 2019 by the Department of Statistics Malaysia, on the back of a 6.7% economic growth forecast this year by the World Bank.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL), announced recently by the Prime Minister also projects a 22.6% contribution to GDP by 2025, opening up 500,000 jobs within the digital economy.

Leading digital companies such as PCCW Solutions (a leading IT services provider in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia); ThunderSoft (Beijing-headquartered) and Clarivate (a global leader in providing solutions to accelerate the lifecycle of innovation) have also set up regional presence in Malaysia, pointing to a growing momentum and confidence in Malaysia as an attractive investment hub. From its diversified multi-lingual and digitally-skilled talent pool; ready infrastructure and mature ecosystem for the digital economy to thrive, it directly reflects Malaysia’s role as a first-mover for the digital economy, leading the country on course to a shared prosperity for all, a society centred on 4IR technologies and in line with Malaysia 5.0, firmly establishing itself as the Heart of Digital ASEAN.

Overcoming digital divide through digital technologies

Malaysia’s digital transformation is a journey and today, MDEC’s initiatives revolve around developing skillsets within 4IR and emerging digital technologies, for example in areas such as Big Data Analytics (BDA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Financial Technology (FinTech), Data Centres, Cloud Services and robotics.   

On the digital infrastructure front, MDEC is helping to foster an enabling environment for rapid digitalisation by working with key stakeholders to support the growth of the digital economy.  This is in support to the Government’s initiatives to nurture public-private partnerships, a critical step in accelerating Malaysia’s digital transformation.

“The era of digitalisation has arrived, and we cannot deny this. We have all seen the profound impact digital transformation has had on world economies, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a violent shift to digital. Moreover, thanks to the role that data plays in the digital economy, we are witnessing increasingly massive returns, through innovation as well as the opening of new opportunities for jobs and economic growth. With that being said, the onus is on us to ensure that no one gets left behind and that everyone gets access to the benefits of technology — and the introduction of the MyDIGITAL blueprint couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Yuan.

Michael Yuan – Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

“In order to contribute actively and consistently to the country’s digital acceleration, there are three key technologies that we must leverage — 5G, Cloud and AI. These are the technologies that are ultimately driving our new intelligent world. Everything will be connected, data-driven and intelligently processed in real-time for actionable outcomes. This is a message that we will continue to drum home,”

“5G, for one, will unleash a world of opportunities by simply enhancing connectivity and mobility. This next-generation wireless technology will deliver higher data speeds, low latency and connect more devices at one time. Hence, 5G is billed as the catalyst for unlocking potential growth across industries such as medical, education, agriculture, smart cities and more importantly, dramatically transforming the way humanity lives, enterprises work, and the way we interact with the environment for seamless connectivity. When combined with BDA, Cloud Computing, AI and other innovative technologies, this will accelerate the arrival of a golden age of information over the next decade,” Yuan said. 

Yuan added that the same sentiment can be said of Cloud Computing, the “backbone” of digital transformation. “Without a doubt, the widespread adoption of Cloud Computing amid the exponential growth in data volume goes to show that it is increasingly being accepted as a main platform for innovation. Furthermore, when paired with AI, these technologies will enhance flexibility, agility and resilience to digital solutions, therefore giving rise to further innovation, introducing new revenue streams and driving cost efficiencies not only for businesses, but all sectors of the economy as well as society,” Yuan said.

Therefore, MDEC and Huawei will continue to conduct joint research and services related to digital technologies by working with various government bodies to publish white paper studies for the benefit of improving Malaysia’s digital economy.

“We at Huawei are working hard and closely with our strategic partners to deliver the best advancements that technology can offer. Our joint initiatives and efforts with our partners in delivering 4G and 5G capacity solutions for a personalised experience, innovation in 5G network design, as well as deployment and operating efficiencies remain our top agenda in the years ahead. Recently, we joined forces with CyberSecurity Malaysia and Celcom Axiata Bhd to jointly establish the first 5G Cybersecurity Test Lab in Southeast Asia here in Malaysia, with the goal of developing and bringing new 5G use cases for various industries to commercialisation when the new 5G spectrum is made available. And our efforts towards propelling Malaysia to greater heights via technology will not stop here,” said Yuan.

“By the same token, we are ever committed to our partnership with MDEC to provide a thriving digital environment. At the end of the day, we only have one goal in mind, which is to bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. We want to breach the digital divide, reach the unreached, and do everything we can to make sure that no one is left behind in enjoying the fruits of prosperity from the digital economy.” Yuan said.

Data is key for Malaysia’s digital economy

Meanwhile, Dell Technologies’ Senior Vice President for South Asia and Managing Director of Malaysia, Pang Yee Beng said the country has gone through almost a full year of navigating uncertainties and challenges due to COVID-19.

Pang Yee Beng – Senior Vice President for South Asia and Managing Director of Malaysia Dell Technologies

“As a technology company, Dell Technologies has had a front-row seat to the overnight digital transformation of our world. We are going through unprecedented changes impacting every aspect of life, and what we’ve experienced as a nation has required all of us to pivot to new ways to keep our economy and lives intact and progressing forward. Through it all, one thing is certain – technology will be central to how we work, learn and live in the new normal of the future, more than ever before.

“Malaysia’s vision of a digital economy is clear. The launch and implementation of MyDIGITAL is a strategic move to build economic resilience and transform the country into a digital, high income nation – paving the way for Malaysia to be ready for the next phase of the digital era in what we call the ‘data decade’. All this is very much aligned to what Dell Technologies set out to do – providing transformational solutions that help build the digital future for organisations and communities. Our purpose and commitment to our stakeholders remain unchanged as we continue to innovate and deliver for our customers in extraordinary ways when they need us most,” he added.

Over the next 10 years, the amount of data will only increase. This explosion of data will give rise to other innovations, such as multi-cloud IT strategies, intelligent devices with AI and machine learning capabilities that will change the way one works and collaborates and the “Edge” where everything is connected – systems, applications, services, people and places will be crucial. To succeed in the data era, businesses must take control of their data – their most prized asset – and that means prioritising digital transformation.

Dell Technologies first took foothold in Malaysia 26 years ago and at present, operates three facilities across Malaysia which serves as an integral site supporting regional and global operations. In June 2019, the Dell Digital Labs was established at its global business centre in Cyberjaya, one of the few laboratories Dell Technologies has invested in globally over the last few years. The new facility helps build cloud-native software and at the same time grooms a highly skilled Malaysian workforce that is trained for the data-driven era. “The establishment of a national agency in MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), tasked to lead the charge, has driven significant digitalisation across the public and private sectors. The initiatives put in place in the past decades have all been geared in this direction. We support MDEC’s efforts to seeing them through and look forward to opportunities to work together,” Pang said.  

Digital Passion: Three Girls In Tech

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CYBERJAYA, 12 MARCH 2021 – In continuation of the International Women’s Day celebration, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is proud to share and highlight some of the outstanding female achievers of MDEC’s school-goer targeted digital-skills programmes.

Understanding that eight of the top ten emerging jobs will require digital tech skills in Malaysia, MDEC acknowledges the young ladies and future leaders who have stepped in, stepped out and stepped up to a domain traditionally assumed to be more relevant to boys.

In ensuring a digitally-skilled workforce, the school level #mydigitalmaker programme provided access to digital content and capabilities for some 2.19 million school students nationwide up until December 2020. More than 25,000 students enrolled in digital tech courses in 2019, a 40% increase from when the initiative started in 2017.

THE GAMER

“Whenever I learn and discover something new, I like to keep asking why and forming theories. When it all clicks, it feels like I’ve solved this huge puzzle and I get a sense of satisfaction from realising that everything is connected,” comments 17 year old Chan Hew Yan, participant of the 2019 Digital Ninja programme under MDEC’s #mydigitalmaker movement.

The Digital Ninja programme falls under the #mydigitalmaker movement – #mydigitalmaker movement is a joint public-private-academia initiative led by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education to transform Malaysian youth from digital users to producers in the digital economy. This includes skills such as coding, app development, 3D printing, robotics, embedded programming and data analytics; all of which will ultimately help to strengthen problem solving and creativity amongst our future generation.

“Ever since I was young, I have always been a big fan of games…I love storytelling and exploring the worlds the developers have created. A game allows the player to empathize and learn to see things from a perspective different than their own,” explains Hew Yan about her takeaway from gaming.

She claims to have later joined the Digital Ninja programme which brings students, mentors and experts from all over Malaysia together, to share their knowledge and experience, with completing digital assignments being the goal.

When asked about her views on girls and women who were making waves in tech, she said her favourite woman in tech is Rachel Hofsetter a.k.a. Valkyrae, a You Tube streamer and content creator who was also the recipient of the Content Creator of the Year 2020 in The Game Awards.  “Seeing women in tech jobs reminds me that the sky is the limit! It does not matter who you are, as long as you have passion, you are willing to learn and you don’t listen to naysayers,” observes Hew Yan.

THE CODER

16-year-old Aisyah Batrisyia Muhamad Ramdzan from SMK Dato’ Abu Bakar Baginda (participant at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities) felt that the challenges with which she was presented at the competition, built perseverance as she strove for completion.

She attributes her interest in joining the competition, to the exposure she had gained in digital activities at a Digital Champion School – which is yet another avenue that the #mydigitalmaker movement offers to drive a digital innovation culture in schools and in the local community.  SMK Dato’ Abu Bakar Baginda was selected as Champion School on 2018 alongside 23 other Champion Schools nationwide.

“I’m really interested in electronic stuff,” quipped Aisyah, when asked about what aspects of digital excited her the most.

“My mum, who is a lecturer in microelectronics always encourages me to participate in digital courses such as Python, Arduino and Scratch. That’s gotten me into exploring more programming,” continued Aisyah, as she expounded on what inspired her to explore STEM subjects with greater fervour. When asked for her views on women in tech careers, Aisyah referred to her mother as the woman who most inspires and motivates her, citing genuineness and kindness as the greatest source of a woman’s strength.

THE DESIGN THINKER

Thinking out of the box is what Saii Yashaa Gopinath Rao prides herself in the most. She regards her penchant for all things STEM and design thinking, the reasons for her interest in digital innovations.

She comments that what she loves the most about STEM was watching the unfolding of inventions and innovations that people her age were coming up with, in order to solve real life issues.

“I told myself that I want to do this too,” exclaimed the Puchong-based teen, who admits that the digital world has created a space that allows her to explore her creativity and thus demonstrate what she can accomplish.

Enthusiastic about programmes such as Digital Ninja for her fellow youth, she opines that upcoming programmes under the #mydigitalmaker movement should involve senior graduate participants who can guide and inspire first-time junior participants.

Commenting on the significance of International Women’s Day, Saii Yashaa shares that young women can achieve anything with passion and the yearning to keep learning – and pledges support for breaking gender stereotypes under the #ChooseToChallenge theme this year.

STEM, DIGITAL SKILLS, A DOORWAY TO THE FUTURE

The #mydigitalmaker movement had humble beginnings in 2016. It was launched as one of the key components in driving the digital economy with a focus on what is now, one of MDEC’s key pillars under the agency’s strategic framework – Digital Skills and Jobs. As at December 2020, the #mydigitalmaker movement has impacted 2.19 million students across Malaysia, inspiring digital innovations among students while presenting STEM subjects as doorways to exploration of technology and all its various advantages in solving problems for humanity.

“Technology offers gender equity and inclusion, inevitably creating a technologically integrated society in Malaysia. Malaysians can level the playing field between genders as more and more women join the tech industry. Whatever value an individual adds to a cause, project, team or organisation, is determined not by gender but by skills, knowledge and determination. Technology bridges gender gaps and offers opportunities even in unprecedented uncertainty,” asserts Dr. Sumitra Nair, Vice President, Digital Skills and Jobs Division at MDEC.

According to Dr. Sumitra, efforts and collaborations across various parties have helped transform students under the movement, from consumers to producers of technology. The programmes under #mydigitalmaker include Digital Ninja, Digital Champion Schools and Hour of Code among others, which involve a lot of behind-the-scenes engagement as well as execution.

“I would recommend that parents and students aspiring to bridge tech or digital gaps pursue opportunities for tech exposure. MDEC is mandated to lead the digital economy by creating a society that is deeply integrated with technology, to empower the rakyat to thrive in 4IR. Therefore, we look forward to reaching out with more exciting programmes under MDEC’s #mydigitalmaker in 2021!” concludes Dr. Sumitra.


CYBERJAYA, 12 MAC 2021 – Sempena sambutan Hari Wanita Antarabangsa yang masih berterusan, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) dengan bangganya berkongsi dan mengimbas kembali pencapaian tiga pelajar perempuan yang telah menunjukkan prestasi cemerlang dalam program kemahiran digital yang disertai mereka.

Ketika ini kita menyedari bahawa lapan daripada sepuluh pekerjaan baharu akan memerlukan kemahiran teknologi digital. Di Malaysia, MDEC mendapati wanita muda yang juga bakal pemimpin masa depan yang telah melangkah masuk ke ‘sektor’ yang sebelum ini lebih ‘dikuasai’ oleh lelaki.

Dalam usaha memastikan tenaga kerja berkemahiran digital, program #mydigitalmaker yang dilaksanakan MDEC dengan menyediakan akses kepada kandungan dan keupayaan digital setakat ini telah memanfaatkan sebanyak 2.19 juta pelajar sekolah di seluruh negara sehingga Disember 2020.

Lebih daripada 25,000 pelajar mendaftar dalam kursus teknologi digital pada 2019 iaitu peningkatan 40 peratus ketika inisiatif ini mula dilaksanakan pada pada 2017.

PERMAINAN
“Setiap kali belajar dan menemui sesuatu yang baharu, saya sering bertanya mengapa dan mula mencipta teori sendiri. Berpandukan hanya satu ‘klik’, saya telah menyelesaikan teka-teki yang mencabar. Saya berasa sangat berpuas hati dan teruja kerana menyedari bahawa semuanya saling berkaitan,” kata Chan Hew Yan, 17, peserta program Ninja Digital 2019 di bawah Gerakan mydigitalmaker MDEC.

Program Digital Ninja membolehkan rakyat Malaysia terutama kumpulan berpendapatan rendah untuk menjana pendapatan tambahan dengan mengambil bahagian dalam tugasan digital melalui platform dalam talian. Semua peserta #mydigitalmaker dipadankan dengan kerjaya digital yang sesuai dengan kemahiran masing-masing.

Hew Yan berkata, minat mendalamnya terhadap game turut membuatkannya ‘jatuh cinta’ kepada dunia digital. Gadis ini berpendapat, jalan cerita dalam permainan yang berpandukan simulator sebenarnya mempunyai persamaan dengan masalah yang sering dihadapi dalam kehidupan seharian. Oleh itu, dia berasa kagum terhadap keupayaaan pencipta kandungan permainan yang memahami aspek
berkenaan.

“Sejak kecil lagi, saya sangat berminat dengan game. Saya suka bercerita dan menjelajah dunia yang dicipta oleh pencipta game. Ini membolehkan pemain merasai pelbagai pengalaman dan memupuk sifat seperti bertimbang rasa dan belajar melihat sesuatu dari perspektif yang berbeza,” jelas Hew Yan.

Minat yang mendalam terhadap game kemudian telah ‘membawanya’ menyertai program Digital Ninja yang telah menyatukan pelajar, mentor dan pakar dari seluruh negara untuk berkongsi pengetahuan dan pengalaman di samping menyelesaikan tugas digital yang diberikan.

Ketika ditanya pandangannya mengenai semakin ramai pelajar perempuan yang menunjukkan minat terhadap bidang teknologi, Hew Yan berkata, dia turut mempunyai idola wanita dalam bidang ini iaitu Rachel Hofsetter atau lebih dikenali sebagai Valkyrae, seorang streamer YouTube dan pencipta kandungan yang juga penerima Anugerah Pencipta Kandungan 2020 pada Anugerah Permainan.

“Melihat terdapat wanita dalam pekerjaan bidang teknologi membuatkan saya terfikir bahawa kejayaan tiada hadnya,”. Tidak kira siapa anda, selagi mempunyai minat dan sanggup belajar dan tidak mendengar kepada kritikan -kritikan yang mematahkan semangat, anda pasti akan berjaya,” katanya.

PENGEKODAN
Aisyah Batrisyia Muhamad Ramdzan, 16, pelajar di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Dato’ Abu Bakar Baginda telah menyertai Pertandingan Cabaran IT Global Untuk Belia Orang Kurang Upaya.

Berkongsi pengalaman, katanya cabaran yang dihadapinya dalam pertandingan ini telah membantunya untuk membina sifat tekun dan berusaha dalam menyelesaikan masalah.

Aisyah Batrisyia berkata, minatnya untuk menyertai pertandingan berkenaan berputik selepas menyertai Digital Champion School yang merupakan sebahagian daripada Gerakan #mydigitalmaker untuk mendorong budaya inovasi digital di sekolah dan masyarakat setempat. SMK Dato ’ Abu Bakar Baginda dipilih sebagai Sekolah Juara pada 2018 bersama 23 Sekolah yang lain di seluruh negara.

“Saya sangat berminat dengan barangan elektronik,” katanya ketika ditanya mengenai aspek digital yang paling digemarinya.

“Ibu saya yang merupakan pensyarah bidang mikroelektronik sebenarnya merupakan pendorong utama untuk saya mengikuti kursus digital seperti Python, Arduino dan Scratch. Itu memberi peluang kepada saya untuk meneroka dengan lebih mendalam bidang pengaturcaraan,” katanya menerangkan faktor lain yang telah mendorong untuk mendalami bidang bidang pendidikan Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matematik (STEM) dengan lebih bersemangat.

Ketika ditanya pandangannya tentang wanita dalam karier teknologi, Aisyah segera memberitahu, ibunya merupakan wanita yang paling memberi inspirasi.

MENTALITI PENCIPTAAN
Kemampuan untuk berfikir di luar kotak merupakan perkara yang paling dibanggakan oleh Saii Yashaa Gopinath Rao. Gadis ini menganggap minatnya terhadap bidang STEM dan reka bentuk telah menyuburkan rasa cinta terhadap inovasi digital.

Saii Yashaa berkata, perkara yang paling digemarinya mengenai STEM adalah apabila berpeluang melihat penemuan baharu dan inovasi yang dihasilkan oleh rakan sebayanya untuk menyelesaikan masalah kehidupan sebenar.

“Saya memberitahu diri sendiri bahawa saya juga ingin menjadi seperti mereka,” katanya yang menetap di Puchong. Dia mengakui bahawa dunia digital telah mencipta ruang yang membolehkannya meneroka kreativiti dan menunjukkan apa yang dapat dicapai.

Bersemangat setelah menyertai program seperti Digital Ninja, dia berpendapat bahawa program yang akan datang di bawah Gerakan #mydigitalmaker harus melibatkan peserta berpengalaman yang dapat
membimbing dan memberi inspirasi kepada peserta baharu.

Mengulas mengenai pentingnya Hari Wanita Antarabangsa, Saii Yashaa berpendapat bahawa wanita muda dapat mencapai apa sahaja dengan penuh semangat asalkan mempunyai sikap untuk terus belajar dan berjanji menyokong usaha menghapuskan stereotaip gender berteraskan tema #ChooseToChallenge pada tahun ini.

STEM, KEMAHIRAN DIGITAL, PINTU KE MASA DEPAN
Gerakan #mydigitalmaker bermula secara sederhana pada 2016. Ia dilancarkan sebagai salah satu komponen penting dalam memacu ekonomi digital dengan fokus kepada salah satu teras utama MDEC iaitu Kemahiran dan Pekerjaan Digital. Sehingga Disember 2020, Gerakan #mydigitalmaker telah memanfaatkan 2.19 juta pelajar di seluruh negara serta memberi inspirasi kepada inovasi digital di kalangan pelajar sambil mempromosikan subjek STEM sebagai kunci untuk meneroka bidang teknologi dan menyelesaikan masalah.

“Teknologi menawarkan kesamarataan membabitkan penyertaan jantina dan mewujudkan masyarakat yang terintegrasi secara teknologi di Malaysia. Rakyat dapat mencapai tahap persaingan antara jantina apabila semakin ramai wanita menyertai industri teknologi. Apa sahaja nilai yang diberikan oleh individu terhadap projek, pasukan atau organisasi kini bukan ditentukan oleh jantina sebaliknya berpandukan kemahiran, pengetahuan dan tekad. Teknologi merapatkan jurang gender dan menawarkan peluang walaupun dalam suasana ketidakpastian yang belum pernah terjadi sebelum ini,” kata Naib Presiden Bahagian Kemahiran dan Pekerjaan Digital MDEC, Dr Sumitra Nair.

Menurut Dr Sumitra, usaha dan kerjasama pelbagai pihak telah membantu mengubah pelajar daripada sekadar menjadi pengguna kepada pencipta teknologi. Program di bawah Gerakan #mydigitalmaker merangkumi Digital Ninja, Sekolah Juara Digital dan Hour of Code melibatkan penyertaan pelbagai pihak.

“Saya mencadangkan agar ibu bapa dan pelajar yang bercita-cita untuk merapatkan jurang teknologi digital supaya memanfaatkan peluang yang disediakan untuk mendapatkan pendedahan teknologi. MDEC diberi mandat untuk memimpin ekonomi digital iaitu dengan mewujudkan masyarakat yang sangat terintegrasi dengan teknologi untuk memberi kekuatan kepada rakyat berdepan cabaran pada era Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0 (IR4.0). Oleh itu, kami berharap agar jangkauan yang lebih meluas untuk program #mydigitalmaker anjuran MDEC pada tahun ini,” katanya

Leong Adjustment embarks on digital transformation journey to stay competitive

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Gone are the days when you have to rely on conventional insurance claims systems to process your policies. Now, digital transformation is driving business innovation for insurance claims solution providers. To seize this new growth opportunity, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. has made a bold attempt to embrace digital technology to optimise the performance of its business processes and to ease the hassle for policyholders and insurers.

Jacqueline Leong, Director of Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. said the COVID-19 pandemic had made them realise to expedite their digitalisation effort or risk being left behind. To deal with the immediate challenges faced by the company, the support from the government’s financial assistance through the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) 2020 #SMART Automation Grant (SAG) that was channelled through Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) came just in time to take their burden off their shoulders.

“After having more than a decade experience in the insurance industry, the company felt that there is room for improvement with respect to claims processing time, asymmetric information transmission, and claims accuracy/ consistency. Believing that accuracy and consistency are the key performance indicator (KPIs) in its profession, the company began its digital transformation journey by developing the RTE777 Cloud Insurance Claims Project last year,” she said while explaining this is also part of transforming the conventional labour-intensive business model.

The company also decided to develop a web and mobile app-based insurance loss assessment system under the RTE777 Cloud Insurance Claims Project.

The core values of the RTE777 Cloud Insurance Claims Project are to create a Real-Time, Relevance and Reliable (3R) platform for the policyholders, insurers, and its related respective parties from the claims notification to approval.

The deployment of the RTE777 Cloud Insurance Claims Project will enable a 100 per cent information accuracy and limit asymmetric information and in turn reduce travelling cost and man-hour by at least 30 percent. It will also enhance claims processing time cycle with within 24 hours, create a more transparent claim processing platform and reduce claims leakage (i.e. monetary loss through claims management inefficiencies that result from failures in existing processes).

“As an insurance claims solution provider, we need to always keep pace with current development and practices in other economic sectors in order to maintain our unbiased and independent judgement and opinion. Most importantly, all policyholders are adequately protected at the time of financial loss. Every insurance claim is transparently paid within a reasonable time frame.

“We feel honoured to be awarded as the matching grant had substantially reduced our financial burden and allowed us to fully focus on the research and development (R&D) segment of our digitalisation project,” she commented further.

Leong Adjustment is one of the 66 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-tier companies being awarded for the Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) 2020 #SMART Automation Grant (SAG).

“It gives us tremendous pride to be able to help empower businesses to stay competitive and robust through digitalisation during these times. MDEC will continue to work with all parties including the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM), relevant agencies and partners to ensure the survival and business continuity of SMEs and MSMEs in the market. This is provided through our initiatives and efforts such as SAG that can transform them to become digitally-powered businesses and help thrive in this new reality,” said Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC.

“Enabling digitally-powered businesses is one of our central tenets at MDEC. Leong Adjustment is just one of the many MSMEs that have benefitted from our grant and we will not let up in our efforts in digitalising and empowering businesses and ultimately benefitting the society and the country in line with Malaysia 5.0, ensuring shared prosperity for all as enshrined in the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and propelling Malaysia forward as the heart of a digital ASEAN,” said Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of MDEC.

Launched in July 2020, MDEC’s SAG matching grant is targeted at companies in the services sector to automate their business processes and adopt digitalisation. The grant aims to drive these businesses to kick start the development and implementation of digital process and technology tools to automate the recipient’s business operations.


Kebergantungan terhadap sistem tuntutan insurans berdasarkan kaedah konvensional melibatkan urusan pemprosesan kini boleh dikatakan sudah ditelan zaman. Pada masa kini, transformasi digital telah mendorong inovasi perniagaan bagi syarikat penyedia penyelesaian tuntutan insurans. Bagi merebut peluang pertumbuhan baharu ini, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. telah melakukan perubahan berani apabila mengadaptasi teknologi digital untuk meningkatkan prestasi dalam proses perniagaannya sekaligus mengurangkan kerumitan kepada pemegang polisi dan penanggung insurans.

Pengarah Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. , Jacqueline Leong, mengakui bahawa pandemik COVID-19 menyebabkan syarikatnya menyedari keperluan untuk pendigitalan kerana jika tidak melaksanakannya, mereka berdepan risiko akan ketinggalan. Bagi menangani cabaran yang dihadapi syarikat, sokongan yang diberikan menerusi Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara (PENJANA) dan Geran Automasi Pintar (SAG) yang disalurkan kerajaan melalui Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) hadir tepat pada waktunya untuk mengurangkan beban yang ditanggung oleh perniagaan di negara ini.

“Syarikat memiliki pengalaman lebih sedekad dalam industri insurans. Sehubungan itu, kami menyedari terdapat ruang untuk penambahbaikan melibatkan tempoh masa pemprosesan tuntutan, perkongsian maklumat yang tidak tepat dan ketepatan tuntutan. Dengan mempercayai bahawa ketepatan merupakan petunjuk prestasi utama (KPI) dalam perkhidmatan, syarikat memulakan transformasi digital dengan membangunkan Projek Tuntutan Insurans Awan RTE777 pada tahun lalu,”katanya sambil menjelaskan bahawa ini juga merupakan sebahagian daripada transformasi kerja konvensional model perniagaan intensif.

Syarikat berkenaan juga memutuskan untuk mengembangkan sistem penilaian kerugian insurans berasaskan aplikasi web dan mudah alih di bawah Projek Tuntutan Insurans Awan RTE777.

Nilai teras Projek Tuntutan Insurans Awan RTE777 adalah untuk mewujudkan platform 3R iaitu real time (masa sebenar), relevance (relevan) dan reliable (boleh dipercayai) untuk pemegang polisi, penanggung insurans dan pihak-pihak yang berkaitan iaitu bermula pemberitahuan tuntutan hingga persetujuan.

Penyebaran Projek Tuntutan Insurans Awan RTE777 akan memungkinkan ketepatan maklumat 100 peratus dan mengurangkan maklumat tidak tepat dan seterusnya akan mengurangkan kos perjalanan dan tempoh waktu pemprosesan sebanyak 30 peratus. Ini juga akan mempercepatkan pemprosesan tuntutan dalam tempoh 24 jam dan seterusnya mewujudkan platform pemprosesan tuntutan yang lebih telus dan mengurangkan kebocoran tuntutan (iaitu kerugian kewangan akibat ketidakcekapan pengurusan tuntutan yang disebabkan oleh kegagalan dalam proses sedia ada).

“Sebagai penyedia penyelesaian tuntutan insurans, kita harus sentiasa mengikuti perkembangan dan amalan semasa di sektor ekonomi lain untuk menjaga penilaian dan supaya pendapat kita yang tidak berat sebelah. Perkara yang paling mustahak ialah semua pemegang polisi dilindungi. Setiap tuntutan insurans dibayar dengan telus dalam jangka masa yang munasabah.

“Syarikat berasa terharu dan berbangga kerana menerima geran padanan yang telah mengurangkan beban kewangan syarikat dan memungkinkan untuk fokus sepenuhnya pada segmen penyelidikan dan pengembangan berdasarkan projek pendigitalan,” katanya.

Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. merupakan salah satu daripada 66 PKS dan syarikat kategori pertengahan yang menerima geran di bawah pakej SAG – PENJANA yang diperkenalkan kerajaan pada tahun lalu.

“Penglibatan MDEC dengan inisiatif ini merupakan satu kebanggaan yang luar biasa kepada agensi kerana berpeluang membantu untuk memperkasakan perniagaan supaya terus berdaya saing dan kekal kukuh menerusi pendigitalan. MDEC akan terus bekerjasama dengan semua pihak berkepentingan termasuk Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia (KKMM), agensi kerajaan yang lain dan rakan kongsi untuk memastikan kelangsungan perniagaan PKS dan usahawan mikro di negara kita. Komitmen ini dizahirkan menerusi SAG yang dapat mengubah PKS , syarikat kategori pertengahan dan usahawan mikro kepada perniagaan yang bertenaga digital dan membantu berkembang dalam realiti baharu ini,” kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MDEC, Surina Shukri.

“Menjadikan perniagaan diperkasa secara digital merupakan salah satu teras utama MDEC. Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd. Merupakan salah satu daripada PKS dan usahawan mikro yang mendapat manfaat menerusi geran yang disediakan. Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa MDEC tidak akan mengurangkan usaha untuk memperkasakan perniagaan secara digital kerana pada akhirnya, ia akan memberi manfaat kepada masyarakat dan negara sejajar dengan Malaysia 5.0 yang akan memastikan kemakmuran bersama seperti ditekankan dalam Rangka Tindakan Ekonomi Digital Malaysia (MyDIGITAL). Ini seterusnya akan mendorong Malaysia bergerak ke arah mencapai visi menjadi Nadi Digital ASEAN,” kata Pengerusi MDEC, Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff.

Dilancarkan pada Julai 2020, SAG MDEC menyasarkan syarikat – syarikat di sektor perkhidmatan untuk mengautomasikan proses perniagaan mereka ke arah pendigitalan. Bantuan ini bertujuan untuk mendorong perniagaan memulakan pengembangan dan pelaksanaan proses digital dan penggunaan alat teknologi untuk mengautomasikan operasi perniagaan penerima.

Digital Skills Key to Bolster Workforce Innovation/Kemahiran Digital Kunci Meningkatkan Inovasi Tenaga Kerja

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As digital technologies have notably begun to play an even more critical role in the economy, it is increasingly clear that there is a real need to prepare talents – newly graduated or now in the workforce – for digital jobs. More companies are becoming digital by default, with 91% of organisations having to adopt or have plans to become a ‘digital-first’ business strategy.

In fact, an average of $15.3 million over the next 12 months will be spent on digital initiatives, according to the IDG Digital Business Survey 2019. The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) had revealed that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) now comprises 48.4% of Malaysia’s employment and another similar report from Huawei revealed how 48% of SMEs recognise the lack digital skills.

In Malaysia, eight of the top ten emerging jobs will require digital tech skills. This includes jobs in Data Analysts and Scientists; Internet of Things (IoT) Specialists; Digital Transformation Specialists; and Cybersecurity Specialists, says the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” Report. The same study also forecasted that 50 percent of all employees will need re-skilling by 2025.

On the supply side, according to a 2018 Randstad survey, close to 90 percent of the workforce in Malaysia believe they do not have skills for a digital workplace, while graduate unemployment had also seen an increase due to the lack of digital skills. The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) Graduate Tracer Study 2018 states that 1 out of 5 graduates are unemployed and acquiring digital skills have been clearly acknowledged as part of the solution.

The question now arises whether “Do Malaysians have the right skills to survive and thrive in the digital economy ?”

A Holistic Talent Pipeline to Face a K-shaped Economic Recovery
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) was quick to recognise the need for a holistic talent pipeline that serves to digitally up-skill Malaysians as the nation accelerates towards becoming a digital society. A holistic approach is required, simply because digital literacy and skills is now a necessity at all strata and segments of society as the nation becomes increasingly digital by default.

From the future and emerging talent pipeline to underserved – rural communities, differently-abled and the lower B40 populace, to those looking for opportunities on an intricately landscaped suite of careers, all of them can only be filled via those who have specialised digital talents.
With these features, Malaysia’s particularly diverse workforce calls for opportunities being offered through a movement with spokes and hubs that reach out to each category of society that now constantly seeks digital upskilling through specific pipelines.

As is, the digital economy is expected to make significant contributions to the country as the projection is based on the forecasted economic growth rate of 6.7 percent next year, according to a World Bank Report and the significant contribution of 20 percent to the National GDP based on the Department of Statistics Malaysia report.

In this regard, MDEC, with the strong support of KKMM, will continue to drive forward the digital economy initiatives centred towards ensuring shared prosperity for the many and, eventually, envisioning Malaysia’s role as the heart of digital ASEAN.

All this will be guided mainly via its focus on three main strategic thrusts – empowering Malaysians with Digital Jobs and Skills; enabling Digitally-Powered Businesses; and attracting Digital Investments. Various initiatives will follow through with the details outlined in the 2021 Budget as it ensures nation thrives in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era and can make the concept of Malaysia 5.0 a success.

Building Talent Pipelines for Emerging Jobs
At one end of the talent spectrum that serves the future talent pipeline, movements such as MDEC’s #mydigitalmaker are aimed at cultivating digital innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills amongst Malaysian students. In partnership with the MOE, the EdTech and Maker ecosystems, this movement had impacted more than 1.6 million school students nationwide.

Similarly, MDEC is also working with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTIs) to ensure that industry-relevant content is integrated into the curricula of the 11 universities and 5 polytechnics that are in this programme. More institutions of higher learning are joining this programme in 2021. The value of building a talent pipeline that cuts across the entire spectrum, starting with the next generation, is key in creating a resilient future workforce.

At the other end of the spectrum are those seeking employment through upskilling and reskilling digitally, for future jobs. MDEC’s COVID-19 Impact Survey 2020 revealed how 70% of Malaysian businesses will have retraining needs in a post-pandemic era. A further 83% shared how the focuses would be in the areas of digital marketing and digital productivity tools, with the latter including remote working skills.

MDEC’s Role
The need for digital up-skilling and re-skilling Malaysians had been evident throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. MDEC’s ongoing efforts include the most pronounced initiative under the still running #MyDigitalWorkforce Movement. It launched in November 2020 during Malaysia Tech Month and brought Malaysians to a focal point that was populated with webinars, satellite events and a job expo that MDEC launched in August 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Movement itself had been dubbed the catalyst for talent to get on the K-shaped economic recovery.

Not merely fizzling out after the event ended, and with COVID-19 infection spiking over the last few months, MDEC also developed and introduced two new initiatives under the overall #MyDigitalWorkforce Movement. Catered specifically to digital jobs- and skills-needs, both – MyDigitalWorkforce Jobs Platform and Digital Skills Training Directory – were launched simultaneously. These were the key enablers within the country’s efforts to help mitigate jobs impacted by the pandemic. The digital jobs portal, an ongoing collaboration with recruitment firms – WOBB and Hays Malaysia, now offers more than 2,000 vacancies and career growth opportunities in jobs related to digital technology.

As for the Digital Skills Training Directory, MDEC introduced it in collaboration with SOCSO, with the latter providing an incentive subsidy under the SOCSO Employment Insurance Scheme. This is part of the PENJANA Hiring Incentive that offers up to RM4,000 per pax for unemployed Malaysians seeking to beef-up with new digital skills.

The directory is a catalogue of courses that address in-demand digital skills. These learning modules and trainers have been reviewed and endorsed by a panel of digital industry experts to ensure proper guidance is available to Malaysians who are selecting courses that meet the requirements for digital jobs. Featuring 173 courses to-date, it comprises in-depth training and certification at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in data sciences (50), cybersecurity (44), software development (55), animation (19) and game development (5).

Closing the Skills-Gap in the Digital Era
“As Malaysia, and the world, continue to contend with the disruptions that this pandemic had wrought, it’s now more critical than ever for the workforce to raise their game. This includes learning new skills and abilities that can meet the demands of the digital era. The #MyDigitalWorkforce Jobs Platform and Digital Skills Training Directory is part our ongoing efforts to address the gap between talent fulfilment and workforce demands. They are the necessary building blocks for Malaysia to kick-start and develop a digitally ready workforce. Only then can we truly accelerate ongoing efforts to grow the digital economy,” shared Surina Shukri, CEO, MDEC.

As of end-2020, the digital careers platform had received over 23,000 applications with almost 700 being shortlisted for interviews. Similarly, the directory is now experiencing a surge in interest from youths, fresh graduates and the workforce. In fact, the number of applications and jobs continue to climb on a daily basis.

Today, the tech sector contributes 18.5 percent to Malaysia’s GDP – the highest in the region, and 30 percent to ASEAN’s Internet economy, making it truly the Heart of Digital ASEAN. Talent is a crucial component in the nation’s digital ecosystem as digital competencies among these talents are catalysts for digitalisation across SMEs, industries and among the rakyat at large.

MDEC’s various digital economy initiatives are centred towards Digitally-Skilled Malaysians, Digitally-Powered Businesses and Digital Investments – the three pillars under the agency’s strategic framework. Among those parked under the Digitally-Skilled Malaysians are the #MyDigitalWorkforce Jobs Platform and Digital Skills Training Directory that aspires to address gaps between talent fulfilment and workforce demands via provisioning of strong digital competencies. MDEC’s initiatives under the pillar of Digitally-Skilled Malaysians have impacted more than 2 million Malaysians from the year 2016 to Q3 2020 as they help Malaysia accelerate its socio-economy towards becoming a digitally-skilled society and enable the nation to embrace the 4IR era as it steer towards achieving shared prosperity for all.

More details are available at:

#MyDigitalWorkforce Jobs Platform

Digital Skills Training Directory


Ketika ini teknologi digital memainkan peranan yang sangat penting dalam ekonomi.Oleh itu, wujud keperluan mendesak untuk menyediakan graduan baharu atau tenaga kerja sedia ada untuk sektor berkenaan. Pada masa sama, kajian mendapati lebih banyak syarikat ‘menjadi’ digital apabila sebanyak 91 peratus organisasi telah mengadaptasi digital dalam operasi masing -masing atau sekurang -kurangnya mempunyai perancangan untuk berbuat demikian.

Mengikut kajian IDG Business Survey 2019, secara purata sebanyak RM15.3 juta akan dilaburkan untuk inisiatif digital. Sektor Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) merangkumi sekitar 48.4 peratus pekerjaan di negara ini namun 48 peratus menyedari pekerja mereka kekurangan kemahiran digital.

Dalam konteks di Malaysia, lapan daripada sepuluh pekerjaan baharu akan memerlukan kemahiran teknologi digital termasuklah penganalisis data dan saintis, pakar Internet Kebendaan (IoT), pakar transformasi digital dan pakar keselamatan siber seperti Laporan Masa Depan Pekerjaan 2020 oleh Forum Ekonomi Dunia (WEF). Laporan sama juga meramalkan bahawa 50 peratus daripada semua pekerja akan memerlukan penambahan semula kemahiran baharu menjelang 2025.

Melihat aspek penawaran pula, menurut tinjauan Randstad 2018, hampir 90 peratus tenaga kerja di Malaysia percaya mereka tidak mempunyai kemahiran untuk tempat kerja digital sementara pengangguran siswazah juga meningkat disebabkan faktor ini. Kajian yang dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia pada 2018 pula mendapati bahawa satu daripada lima siswazah menganggur mengakui kemahiran digital merupakan penyelesaian kepada masalah yang dihadapi mereka.

Persoalannya ialah “ Adakah rakyat Malaysia mempunyai kemahiran yang tepat untuk bertahan dan berkembang dalam ekonomi digital?”

Saluran Bakat Holistik untuk Menghadapi Pemulihan Ekonomi berbentuk K
Dalam soal ini, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) pantas menyedari perlunya saluran bakat holistik untuk meningkatkan kemampuan digital rakyat Malaysia pada ketika negara kita semakin laju meluncur ke arah menjadi masyarakat digital. Pendekatan ini sangat penting memandangkan kemahiran dan literas digital diperlukan oleh semua lapisan masyarakat termasuklah di luar bandar, golongan B40 serta pencari peluang dalam kerjaya yang memerlukan kemahiran tertentu.

Menerusi ciri-ciri ini, tenaga kerja tempatan menjadi sangat berkebolehan untuk mengisi peluang digital yang ditawarkan sekaligus menjadi hab yang menjangkau setiap kategori masyarakat yang sedang mencari peningkatan digital melalui saluran tertentu.

“Ekonomi digital dijangka akan terus memberi sumbangan penting kepada negara berdasarkan ramalan pertumbuhan ekonomi pada kadar 6.7 peratus tahun hadapan seperti laporan Bank Dunia dan 20 peratus kepada KDNK mengikut laporon Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia.

Sehubungan dengan itu, MDEC dengan sokongan padu KKMM akan meneruskan inisiatif berpaksikan kemakmuran bersama untuk rakyat dan seterusnya mencapai cita-cita Malaysia sebagai Nadi Digital ASEAN berpandukan tiga teras utama iaitu menyediakan rakyat Malaysia berkemahiran digital, perniagaan diperkasa secara digital dan menarik pelaburan digital. Pelbagai inisiatif akan dilaksanakan selaras dengan perincian Belanjawan 2021 dan seterusnya mengharungi era Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0 (IR 4.0) dan menjayakan Malaysia 5.0.”

Membangun Talian Bakat untuk Pekerjaan yang Muncul
Matlamat akhir spektrum yang membantu saluran bakat masa depan ini dapat dilihat menerusi gerakan #mydigitalmaker yang dilancarkan oleh MDEC dengan tujuan memupuk inovasi digital, kreativiti dan kemahiran menyelesaikan masalah di kalangan pelajar Malaysia. Bekerjasama dengan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, usaha memantapkan ekosistem teknologi pendidikan dan pembuatan, gerakan ini telah memanfaatkan lebih 1.6 juta pelajar sekolah di seluruh negara.

Selanjutnya, MDEC juga bekerjasama dengan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi dan Institusi Teknologi Digital Premier (PDTI) untuk memastikan bahawa kandungan berkaitan industri ‘dimasukkan’ ke dalam kurikulum 11 buah universiti dan 5 politeknik yang terlibat dengan program ini. Usaha untuk membina saluran bakat yang merangkumi keseluruhan spektrum harus membabitkan penglibatan generasi pelapis kerana ia merupakan kunci untuk mewujudkan tenaga kerja masa depan yang berdaya tahan.

Matlamat akhir program ini ialah untuk membantu golongan yang mencari pekerjaan meningkatkan kemahiran secara digital untuk pekerjaan di masa depan. Tinjauan Impak COVID-19 yang dilaksanakan MDEC menunjukkan bahawa 70 peratus syarikat akan mempunyai keperluan untuk latihan semula selepas COVID manakala 83 peratus syarikat akan melaksanakan latihan semula membabitkan bidang pemasaran digital dan peralatan untuk produktiviti digital serta akhir sekali merangkumi kemampuan bekerja secara tidak di pejabat.

Peranan MDEC
Keperluan untuk rakyat Malaysia yang mahir dan berkemahiran tinggi telah terbukti sepanjang wabak COVID-19. Usaha berterusan MDEC termasuk inisiatif di bawah Gerakan #MyDigitalWorkforce Ia dilancarkan pada November 2020 semasa Bulan Teknologi membawa Malaysia (MTM2020) yang memberi peluang kepada rakyat menyertai pelbagai siri webinar, acara satelit dan pameran pekerjaan yang dilancarkan MDEC pada Ogos 2020 sebagai tindak balas kepada COVID-19. Gerakan ini merupakan pemangkin kepada bakat untuk terlibat dalam proses pemulihan ekonomi berbentuk K.

Tidak berhenti setakat itu, MDEC baru – baru ini melancarkan dua inisiatif baharu di bawah gerakan #MyDigitalWorkforce iaitu Platform Pekerjaan MyDigitalWorkforce dan Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital untuk memenuhi keperluan pekerjaan digital dan kemahiran. Usaha ini dilaksanakan bagi membantu golongan yang hilang pekerjaan akibat penularan wabak berkenaan. Portal pekerjaan digital iaitu WOBB dan Hays Malaysia kini menawarkan lebih daripada 2,000 kekosongan pekerjaan berkaitan dengan teknologi digital.x

Bagi Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital pula, MDEC melancarkannya dengan kerjasama PERKESO. Ianya antara lain memberikan subsidi di bawah Skim Insurans Pekerjaan PERKESO dan Insentif Pengambilan PENJANA sehingga RM4,000 untuk individu yang hilang pekerjaan mempelajari kursus-kursus baharu dan menambah kemahiran digital. x

Direktori ini merupakan katalog kursus untuk menangani permintaan kemahiran digital yang diperlukan. Kursus ini telah mendapat pengesahan pakar industri digital untuk membimbing rakyat Malaysia memilih modul yang memenuhi syarat untuk pekerjaan berkaitan teknologi digital. Mengandungi 173 kursus , ia merangkumi latihan dan pensijilan untuk peringkat pemulaan, menengah dan lanjutan membabitkan sains data (50), keselamatan siber (44), pengembangan perisian (55), animasi (19) dan pengembangan permainan (5) . x

Mengecilkan Jurang Kemahiran dalam Era Digital
“Ketika Malaysia dan dunia terus menghadapi gangguan disebabkan oleh wabak ini, keperluan tenaga kerja menjadi lebih kritikal berbanding sebelumnya. Keperluan yang dimaksudkan termasuklah mempelajari kemahiran dan kebolehan baharu yang dapat memenuhi tuntutan era digital. Platform #MyDigitalWorkforce Jobs dan Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital merupakan usaha MDEC untuk mengatasi jurang yang wujud membabitkan penawaran bakat dan permintaan tenaga kerja. Ini merupakan asas yang perlu bagi Malaysia untuk memulakan dan mengembangkan tenaga kerja yang bersedia secara digital. Hanya dengan itu kita dapat mempercepatkan usaha berterusan untuk mengembangkan ekonomi digital,” kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MDEC, Pn. Surina Shukri.

Pada masa ini, platform kerjaya digital telah menerima sekitar 23,000 permohonan dengan hampir 700 telah disenaraikan untuk temuduga. Direktori ini terus menerima peningkatan kunjungan membabitkan golongan belia, graduan baharu dan tenaga kerja sedia ada. Jumlah permohonan dan pekerjaan terus meningkat setiap hari. Hari ini sektor teknologi menyumbang sebanyak 18.5 peratus kepada KDNK Malaysia (tertinggi di rantau ini) dan 30 peratus kepada ekonomi digital ASEAN sekaligus menjadikannya sebagai Nadi Dgital ASEAN. Bakat merupakan komponen penting dalam ekosistem digital negara dan kecekapan digital yang dimiliki merupakan pemangkin digitalisasi di seluruh PKS, industri dan di kalangan rakyat secara amnya.

Pelbagai inisiatif ekonomi digital oleh MDEC yang membabitkan rakyat Malaysia yang berkemahiran digital, perniagaan dipacu secara digital dan pelaburan digital merupakan tiga teras strategiknya. Menerusi teras rakyat Malaysia berkemahiran digital, usaha dapat dilihat menerusi Platform Pekerjaan #MyDigitalWorkforce dan Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital bagi mengatasi jurang yang wujud membabitkan lambakan bakat dan tuntutan tenaga kerja dengan kecekapan digital. Teras MDEC membabitkan rakyat Malaysia yang berkemahiran digital telah memberi kesan kepada lebih daripada dua juta rakyat Malaysia sejak 2016 hingga suku ketiga tahun ini. Inisiatif MDEC bertujuan untuk membantu Malaysia menghadapi Revolusi Industri 4.0 (IR 4.0) dan menuju ke Malaysia 5.0 untuk mencapai hasrat kemakmuran bersama untuk semua.

Maklumat lanjut boleh didapati di:

Platform Pekerjaan #MyDigitalWorkforce

Direktori Latihan Kemahiran Digital

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