The Malaysian Cabinet has decided to place Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) and CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) under the Ministry of Digital, according to unity government spokesman Fahmi Fadzil.
The Ministry of Digital will also oversee the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu), emphasising a unified effort in steering Malaysia’s digital future. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) remains under the Ministry of Communications.
The Minister of Communications, Fahmi Fadzli highlighted that the placement of CSM under the Ministry of Digital signifies a shift from its previous position within the Prime Minister’s Department. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim acknowledged the suitability of consolidating corporate aspects and private sector-related endeavors under the Ministry of Digital.
“Previously, CSM was under the Prime Minister’s Department, but Prime Minister [Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim] agreed that the corporate aspect and works related to the private sector are suitable to come under the Ministry of Digital,” Fahmi said.
The restructuring extends beyond DNB and CSM, with Mampu joining the Ministry of Digital for cohesive administration. Mimos Bhd, previously under the Prime Minister’s Department, is set to return to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.
However, the management of the Digital ID function, pioneered by Mimos through the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital) initiative, will transition to the Ministry of Digital after its full implementation in March.
Furthermore, administrative changes include the Department of Irrigation and Drainage moving under the Ministry of Energy Transition and Public Utilities, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
The Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) will continue its association with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability.
These shifts, implemented following the Cabinet reshuffle on December 12, 2023, underscore the government’s commitment to optimising administrative structures for a more efficient and focused approach to digital innovation and governance.
Furthermore, Fahmi revealed that the Prime Minister has agreed to reassess the position of the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra).
He stated that consultations will be conducted once National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang gathers feedback from the public and stakeholders.
On December 23, Anwar had declared Mitra’s relocation back under the Ministry of National Unity, emphasising his commitment to overseeing this special unit responsible for addressing socio-economic development issues within the Indian community.
Established in 2014 as the Socio-economic Development of Indian Community Unit (Sedic) and rebranded as Mitra in 2018, the unit was initially under the Ministry of National Unity but had transitioned to the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Department in September 2022.