Putrajaya Launches 4IR National Policy To Transform Country Through Digitalisation

People wearing protective masks cross a street in front of Petronas Twin Towers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Putrajaya has launched a national policy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (National 4IR Policy), as part of its initiative to transform the country into a high-income nation through digitalisation.

The policy will also include efforts to increase the country’s potential in making use of 4IR initiatives and at the same time support the country’s development policies such as Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and Five-year Malaysia Plans.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon numerous challenges and changed the lives of people, with the government, businesses and the people having to adapt to technology and digitalisation.”

The 4IR policy will have four main thrusts – equipping the rakyat with knowledge, forging a connected nation through digital infrastructure development, future proofing regulations to be agile with technological challenges, and accelerating its innovation and adaptation.

The policy has 10 sectoral focuses and 60 sectoral initiatives.

Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the five foundational technologies of the 4IR policy include artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, blockchain, cloud computing and big data analytics, as well as advanced materials and technologies.

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