DiGi committed to reducing inequality

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DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd remains committed to reducing inequality through responsible digital usage and empowering Malaysians with access to the Internet.

The company will also focus on how the Internet and technology can be used to reduce inequality and bullying activities among teenagers in the cyberspace.

“Our focus area can be put into three categories — namely enabling digital inclusion, building digital resilience and responsible business conducts.

“Through Yellow Heart, we believe DiGi can drive and contribute to the digital development, as well as help the current generation use the Internet more responsibly to build a sustainable digital community,” DiGi.Com Bhd CEO Albern Murty said.

“While everything moves fast and everything is technologically advanced, the biggest concern the people have is that people are going to fall behind. Hence, the Internet has so much opportunity in terms of what they can do,” he said at the company’s annual Partnering for Reduced Inequalities Summit.

Murty said the firm’s commitment is evident through DiGi’s Yellow Heart initiative — which is also supported by its other digital inclusion programmes such as DiGi Academy, DiGi Robotic Programme and DiGi Future Skills Camp.

The discourse focused on how the Internet and technologies can be used to efficiently reduce inequalities among Malaysian youths, and the critical role of partnerships in affecting this change in a bigger way.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo in his message to the summit attendees said it is important for Malaysian youths to be prepared for Industry 4.0 as it changes how one lives, works and communicates.

“In this digital era, Malaysian youths need to be nurtured to stay relevant for future job markets. They need to be prepared to embrace opportunities or risk being left behind.

“Malaysians from all walks of life must be given equal opportunities to succeed in this new digital world and this challenge requires all parties to play their part in working together and rethinking the future,” he said.

Separately, DiGi also unveiled the results of its third nationwide online safety survey, the DiGi Yellow Heart Cyberbullying and Youth Disposition Survey 2018.

The survey sought to understand how youths stay safe online and determine the link between their disposition and cyberbullying, gathering responses from close to 2,000 youths aged 13 to 21 and predominantly from rural schools.

These youths were required to answer a list of questions relating to their personal disposition, experiences with cyberbullying and how they responded when encountering these risks.

DiGi chief corporate affairs officer Joachim Rajaram said the online survey — the third of its type published by the company — forms a vital part of DiGi’s sustainability efforts over the past seven years.

“Our efforts have largely centred around working with partners to nurture a generation of citizens who are both responsible in their online conduct and resilient to its inherent dangers,” he said.

According to the survey which ran for 10 months, it revealed that 20% of youths attest to being cyberbullied for more than a year.

“One out of five youths attested to being cyberbullied for more than a year, while youths with less positive dispositions were more likely to be bullied online.”

However, the survey also revealed that there has been an overall increase in awareness among youths towards digital resilience.

“When encountering problems online, youths showed the ability and willingness to stop and report the issue. This demonstrates that youths are equipped with the right skills and are aware of the support systems available to them,” it added.