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Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo (centre) and CEO of MDEC, Surina Shukri (right) officiate the opening of Malaysia Tech Week 2019, at Connexion Conference & Event Centre, The Vertical, Level M1 The Vertical 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, KL. - NSTP/NADIM BOKHARI

KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) wants to coordinate technology and innovation related agencies in different ministries to avoid overlapping functions.

Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the matter would be discussed with the ministries and agencies concerned.

“There has been concern raised about the fact that there are overlaps in agencies that exist across different ministries,” he said at the Malaysia Tech Week 2019 here today, when asked about overlapping agencies such as Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre.

“That is one thing that we’re looking at.

“When it comes to a policy which involves the tech industry, then, of course, it comes under my ministry.

“I need to sit down with the ministers and the agencies concerned to decide how we can move forward.”

He said, with too many agencies, people tended to get confused and not know which agencies to approach in regard to their concerns in the tech industries.

“We have too many different agencies in different ministries.

“If you have to approach all of the agencies for problems related to tech and innovation, it’s quite tiresome and also time-consuming...

“I have taken note of all the complaints and we’re working on it.”

Gobind said his ministry planned to set up a system or body to improve and build an ecosystem for easier public access.

“The government itself needs to play a more active role and understand that tech is a huge industry and we have to look for ways to energise the ecosystem in becoming a global player.”

In his opening remarks, Gobind said Malaysia was a country with a mature digital economy and was a preferred choice for ICT and digital companies from all over the world.

“Twenty years ago, Malaysia acted on a vision to create an economy founded on technology that would drive digital transformation... we took the opportunities it presented and we have not looked back since.

“Malaysia has gone seriously digital with the Multimedia Super Corridor’s (MSC) cumulative total investment from 1997 to 2018 of over RM330 billion, export sales worth RM166 billion and, more importantly, the MSC has created a total of over 180,000 jobs,” he said.

In terms of business, Gobind said Malaysia had awarded MSC status to more than 4,000 companies, giving them access to attractive incentives, rights and privileges.

“Out of these companies, 74 per cent are Malaysian-owned and 26 per cent are foreign-owned, including 180 multinational corporations.

“Nevertheless, we are not resting on our laurels.

“Malaysia is charging forward and upward in the technology and digital space, and Malaysia Tech Week 2019 is a clear indication of how far we have come and can still advance,” he said.

Malaysia Tech Week 19, which runs from June 17 to 21, is the platform for everything tech and digital.

It features innovation showcases, business matching opportunities, pitching platforms and access to Malaysia’s successful tech ecosystem network. - Bernama

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