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Digital development prioritized in creating tech-savvy society, says PM

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BERA: The government has always prioritized digital development and remains committed to creating a technology-savvy society, especially as the country begins on the industrial revolution 4.0 era towards becoming a high-income country, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Today’s digital literacy only represents a small part of the knowledge compared with what lies ahead, which will see the job market requiring highly skilled, creative and critical-thinking individuals, said the Prime Minister.

“This is because, in the 4.0 industrial revolution, all human daily affairs will depend a lot on the latest technology such as robotic automation that is specifically designed to optimize human needs and comfort.

“The use of this cutting-edge technology brings new challenges to all sectors in this country that require them to change along with the digital transformation to remain competitive,” he said at the handing over of computers donated by Theta Edge Berhad through its #thetaCares initiative at the Bera District Council Convention Hall here Saturday (Oct 22).

Also present were Tabung Haji group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin and Theta Edge Berhad group CEO Nuraslina Zainal Abidin.

To ensure the success of digital literacy, Ismail Sabri said the government had introduced various initiatives and assistance including to the B40 group so that no party was left behind in the technological race.

He said the PerantiSiswa programme, for example, aimed at providing high-quality tablets to about 400,000 eligible students, especially those from the B40 group.

In addition, he said the government had also introduced various initiatives to bridge the digital divide among the youth as well as between urban and rural residents.

Among the initiatives for the youth are the e-Pemula initiative of RM200 to two million youths and full-time students as well as RM100 to the M40 group and the implementation of Phase 2 of the Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) which will provide 100% Internet coverage in populated areas.

“The implementation of the Rural Internet Project by optimizing the electrical cable network also provides high-speed broadband facilities to more than 60,000 rural residents while the Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) will expand the 5G network throughout the country, allowing citizens to enjoy faster Internet speed and cheaper 5G Internet access,” he said.

In Bera, as of the third quarter of this year, Ismail Sabri said 95.9% of populated areas had received 4G coverage, with broadband services provided by Maxis and Telekom Malaysia (TM) in addition to six companies providing cellular services namely Celcom, Digi, Maxis, U Mobile and Unifi Mobile.

“Bera also gets myFreeview, which is Malaysia’s free digital television broadcast that offers popular television and radio channels,” he said.

Theta Edge Berhad, a member of Lembaga Tabung Haji, said in a statement that a total of 150 computers were donated today, among others, to the Parent-Teacher Associations, mosques and Tabika Kemas in Bera. – Bernama