Singapore, Malaysia commit to digital exchange initiative


SINGAPORE and Malaysia yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen digital transfer efforts in advancing the post-pandemic economic recovery. 

This followed the 5th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Information and Communications Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Singapore and the Government of Malaysia held virtually. 

Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek (picture) and permanent secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore Yong Ying-I co-chaired the JCM, hosted by Singapore. 

To achieve this mission, both parties will commit to implementing projects to demonstrate the benefits of cooperation in this rapidly developing digital domain. 

According to Mohammad, Malaysia continues to embrace digital technology and develop unique technologies and business models to establish new development engines. 

“With the growth of the digital economy, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and ever-evolving technology, Malaysia looks forward to exploring potential collaboration in this sector in the future,” he said in a statement. 

During the JCM, both sides discussed issues such as facilitating trusted data transfers between the two nations and better supporting innovation, as well as technology ecosystems to help enterprises and start-ups. 

“Malaysia is stepping up efforts to assist micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and business owners in adopting digital technology, and will continue to advance plans to establish an inclusive and progressive digital economy for all,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Yong said the JCM is a platform of increasing importance, to deepen the bilateral cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia. 

“JCM has enabled us to initiate meaningful digital cooperation projects to increase the adoption and interoperability of digital technologies in both countries. 

“These collaborations will serve as a springboard to enhance connectivity between our businesses and people, and to support our recovery from the pandemic,” she added in the same statement. 

In addition, JCM also highlighted how technology has disrupted media creation, consumption, and online platforms, resulting in increased amounts of information and the rapid spread of misinformation. 

The 6th JCM will be held in Malaysia by the end of 2022 in which Malaysia will host the 14th Muzika Ekstravaganza, an annual variety show co-produced by Radio Television Malaysia and Singapore’s Mediacorp Pte Ltd.