Selangor Commits RM369 Million Towards Smart State Initiative

Wholly-owned subsidiary of Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) (MBI), Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU) has launched three main Selangor Smart Digital Infrastructure (SDI) initiatives

The initiatives are the Selangor Gigabit Network (SeGNet), the Smart Selangor Hybrid Data Centre (SSDC), and a local Cloud Computing Infrastructure, co-developed with Telekom Malaysia (TM), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and NetApp.

The launch marked Selangor’s readiness to accelerate its digital transformation programmes for its public sector and Government-linked Companies (GLC).

SSDU’s Managing Director,  Fahmi Ngah said the Smart State implementation is to develop a ‘digital layer’ which will guarantee proper operations of the Smart State in the same way on how a human body functions.

SeGNet is co-developed with Telekom Malaysia (TM) which which allows Selangor to offer 3gps internet connectivity for their public sector and the partnership has facilitated the SSDC with a tier-4 ready data storage facility.

Additionally, the SSDC houses Malaysia’s first AWS outposts, fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools virtually any data centre, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a hybrid experience.

Selangor’s Chief Minister, Amirudin Shari said the SSDU is one of the many ‘firsts’ created in realising the State’s vision to develop Selangor as a Smart State.

“The need for these digital innovations has also been echoed by the Government as key components to realise its MyDIGITAL plan which has set the target at 80 percent usage of cloud storage across the Government in 2022.

“With these SDI initiatives cementing the digital foundations of our Smart State, I am confident that the Selangor government has now moved closer to achieve its aspirations of realising many more smart services for the government and the people,” he concluded.

Speaking at the press conference after the launch, the Chief Minister has added that the Selangor state government has invested RM369 million to date on the Smart State initiative.

“Previously, we committed a budget of RM50 million in this sector and aimed to use about RM300 million by the end of 2025. However, we saw that importance of going digital so we invested RM369 million now to accommodate the Smart State initiative led by SSDU,” he added.

The Smart State investments are accumulated via the state’s GLCs and also the state funding to expedite the process of the state’s digital transformation.

Commenting on a possible state-federal collaboration on the Smart State initiative, the Chief Minister has said that the state welcomes any kind of collaboration and partnership to increase the digital movement in the state.

“One of our current partners is Telekom Malaysia, which is under the federal government-linked companies. This shows our openness and readiness to work with everybody to make sure that we can achieve our targets,” he concluded.

Recently, SSDU has also continued their partnership with Maybank Berhad for the Smart Selangor e-Souq online store initiative on the Maybank Sama-Sama Lokal Platform to expand the online Ramadan e-bazaar programme wider across Selangor. 

The collaboration is aimed to expand the opportunities for traders on the e-Souq online store on Sama-Sama Lokal, to sell iftar cuisines and Hari Raya products online as an alternative or complementary to the existing physical Ramadan bazaar.

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