Mdec Initiatives

New Mdec Initiatives

According to Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), DM354 will accelerate Malaysia's Digital Malaysia programme, a national initiative to shift the nation towards being a digital and developed economy by 2020, according to national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). Datuk Badlisham Ghazali took the opportunity to announce the initiative at the recent 7th Digital Malaysia Steering Committee meeting, chaired by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

Initiative '354' in the Digital Malaysia Roadmap represents the 3 ICT Focus Areas, 5 Sub-sectors and 4 Digital Malaysia communities. This Roadmap has received the Prime Minister's approval at the 25th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting held in November 2013. Datuk Badlisham Ghazali added further that the deployment of DM354 is "designed to move the levers and stimulate growth in Malaysia's digital landscape by way of enabling the environment in 3 ICT focus areas, namely Adoption, Access and Usage." what then will be achieved? Dato Badlisham said "this eventually will increase accessibility on internet with relevant adoption on digital content and wider usage of digital technology by government, businesses and communities to improve productivity and enhance quality of life,"

Case in point will be the adoption of Big Data Analytic by Malaysian Companies and data-driven intervention programme will help kick off with the ICT services sector and encourage the growth and adoption of Big Data Analytics (BDA) by local industry. Mdec would want the education sector to embrace big data usage as it would lead to increased adoption of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the country, which will give institutions the predictive tools they need to improve learning outcomes for students. By going this path, a large amount of waste will be avoided and increased productivity is attained.

Dato Badlisham also said the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, with the support of the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) will see the development of Malaysia's Big Data framework in 2014, while MAMPU and MDeC will jointly implement four government initiated BDA pilot projects by 2015. MDeC will roll out the private sector led BDA project to create 20 BDA applications. "The nascent Big Data Analytics segment presents diverse opportunities that require immediate attention," he said. "Malaysia has already started in its BDA journey and the potential revenue is estimated to be about RM0.72 billion [US$0.22 billion] by 2020," said Dato Badlisham.

To-date, a total of ninety-six (96) MSC Malaysia Status Companies are actively involved in various aspects of BDA. Dato Badlisham stressed that "our long term aim is to position Malaysia as a BDA hub in South-east Asia," and inherently Big Data will create big job opportunities for IT professionals including roles such as data scientist, analysts, developers, and administrators.

January 28, 2014

  • Dato Badlisham Ghazali