Photo - 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].
The recent 7th Digital Malaysia Steering Committee meeting, chaired by Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, marked the rollout of the Digital Malaysia [DM] 354.
"The '354' in the Digital Malaysia Roadmap represents the 3 ICT Focus Areas, 5 Sub-sectors and 4 Digital Malaysia communities," said Ahmad Shabery. "The Roadmap received the Prime Minister's approval at the 25th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting held in November 2013."
"We are committed to realising the DM 354 Roadmap which will drive the growth of Malaysia's digital economy by addressing key ICT focus areas and developing action plans to stimulate the country's' digital landscape," he said.
MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the deployment of DM354 is "designed to move the levers and stimulate growth in Malaysia's digital landscape by enabling the environment in 3 ICT focus areas, namely Access, Adoption and Use."
"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," said Badlisham.
Growing big data analytics
He said this data-driven intervention programme will kick off with the ICT services sector and encourage the growth and adoption of Big Data Analytics (BDA) by local industry.
Badlisham said this would prepare the path for 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.
"This adoption, with the participation of the government and private sectors, will not only reduce costs and raise productivity but also provide a comprehensive and holistic approach that is needed to grow the Big Data ecosystem in Malaysia," he said.
Badlisham 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 Badlisham.
To-date, a total of ninety-six (96) MSC Malaysia status companies are actively involved in various aspects of BDA, said Badlisham. "Our long term aim is to position Malaysia as a BDA hub in South-east Asia."
Big data jobs
"On the job front, Big Data is creating big job opportunities for IT professionals including roles such as data scientist, developers, and administrators," added Minister Ahmad Shabery. "The DM354 Roadmap will also allow us to develop our nation's talents into a strong pool of data scientists. Ultimately, this will result in the creation of Malaysian talents who are highly proficient knowledge workers in various economic sectors and industries, with IT competencies at the core."
*Digital Malaysia's desired Digital Economy objectives includes increased wealth (GNI), enhanced productivity and improved standard of living. The existing and planned initiatives and programmes under DM charts the path to achieving DM's 2020 aspirational goals, which include increasing the Digital Economy's contribution to GDP from 13 percent to 17 percent, raising Malaysia's ranking in World Economic Forum (WEF) Global IT Report (GITR) from top 28 countries to top 20 countries amongst 138 economies; and raising Malaysia's ranking from top 16 to top 10 amongst 59 economies in the Competitiveness Scoreboard, all by 2020.