Government Plans To Cultivate Tech Literacy Across City And Rural Landscapes

Deputy Digital Minister Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong said that the plan will be designed with the best inputs to enable Malaysia to compete with other Southeast Asian countries.
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Deputy Digital Minister Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong announced that his ministry is currently collaborating with seven related agencies to develop a community-based plan aimed at fostering technological and digital literacy among rural communities.

The plan seeks to ensure balanced and equitable opportunities for the digital industry in both urban and rural areas, aligning with the government’s immediate goal of implementing digital transformation to enhance the country’s competitiveness, according to Bernama.

Wilson emphasised that the plan will be carefully crafted with valuable insights to enable Malaysia to effectively compete with other Southeast Asian nations. He highlighted that this new framework will focus on making rural communities digitally adept.

Additionally, he stressed the importance of ensuring alignment with neighbouring countries like Singapore and Thailand.

The Deputy Minister outlined the Digital Ministry’s strategy, which revolves around three key pillars: Digital Malaysia, Digital Economy, and Digital Communities, aimed at enhancing digitalisation efforts across all sectors.

Regarding 5G technology, Wilson expressed hope for its expansion in rural areas, including Sabah and Sarawak, to benefit both people and industries.

He advocated for “5G equality,” emphasising its potential to provide equal opportunities for industries, particularly in areas like Bintulu, Kuching, and neighbouring regions such as Nusantara, Indonesia.

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