Malaysia launches digital initiative to strengthen digital capabilities

Among other objectives, the new scheme will aim to develop more talents to support the country's digital workforce.
By: | July 6, 2022

Malaysia has launched a digital initiative, aimed at enhancing the country’s digital capabilities and boosting its digital economy.

Called the Malaysia Digital (MD) initiative, the scheme will succeed the 25-year-old Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia), and would drive more high-impact programmes within the nation. 

“The country has to develop more talents and competitive digital workforce, infrastructure and ensure that the country’s capacity and capability remains in line with world standards,” said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his keynote address during the launch. 

To that end, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry will establish the Malaysia Digital Coordination Committee (MD-CC), which will coordinate the governance and operations of Malaysia Digital, including awarding MD status to companies. 

So far, six companies have been awarded the MD status, which is part of the government initiative to encourage and attract companies, talents and investment into the country. 

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Malaysian Digital will be focusing on nine key sectors, spanning digital tourism, Islamic digital economy, digital trade, digital agriculture, digital services, digital cities, digital health, digital finance and digital content.