Malaysia to introduce ‘cloud first’ strategy, to develop a national AI framework

Sainul Abudheen
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Prime Minister Najib Razak says the cloud-first strategy will begin with the public sector, and he feels the adoption of cloud is fundamental to an organisation’s digital transformation

Prime Minister Najib Razak said that Malaysia will introduce a ‘cloud first’ strategy as part of the nation’s digital initiatives.

He made this announcement while unveiling the nation’s ‘to-do list’, which is aimed at boosting the digital initiatives implementation and its economy.

The cloud-first strategy will begin with the public sector, the PM said, adding that adoption of cloud is fundamental to an organisation’s digital transformation. Moving ahead, Malaysia will also facilitate cloud adoption by the private sector.

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“Cloud adoption will enable the government to rapidly deliver innovative public sector services to the rakyat (masses) without incurring high levels of capital expenditure to invest in IT infrastructure such as data centres, servers and storage. This enables the government to allocate resources for more impactful programmes for the rakyat. With this strategy in place, there is no doubt the government is taking the lead in embracing digital transformation,” he said.

Razak also announced that Malaysia is planning to develop its own National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework, as an extension to the National Big Data Analytics Framework. The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is entrusted to lead the development of this network. In his view, in a hyper-connected world, AI is the defining force of the fourth industrial revolution and that it could be a game-changer in improving people’s lives.

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In May this year, Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian government and the Hangzhou Municipal Government to facilitate cross-border e-commerce trade between the two digital hubs. Under the MOU, the parties will join forces to explore linkages between the China (Hangzhou) Cross-Border E-Commerce Comprehensive Pilot Zone and the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) in Malaysia as pilot implementation towards building an e-road for global trade.

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