Google announced RM9.5b investment in Malaysia

TECH giant Google LLC today announced a US$2 billion (RM9.48 billion) investment in Malaysia which includes the development of the first Google data centre and Google Cloud region to meet the growing demand for cloud services locally and around the world.

In an announcement today, Google also said it will hold artificial intelligence (AI) literacy programmes for Malaysian students and educators. 

The site of the Malaysia investments will be in Sime Darby Property Bhd’s Elmina Business Park, in Greater Kuala Lumpur (KL).

Alphabet Inc and Google president and chief investment officer; CFO Ruth Porat said Google’s first data centre and Google Cloud region is its largest planned investment so far in Malaysia — a place Google has been proud to call home for 13 years. 

“This investment builds on our partnership with the government of Malaysia to advance its ‘Cloud First Policy’, including best-in-class cyber security standards. 

“With today’s announcement, Malaysia and Google are partnering to advance our shared work to create a supportive ecosystem for innovation and unlock the potential of digital transformation,” she said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said Google’s US$2 billion investment in Malaysia will significantly advance the digital ambitions outlined in the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030). 

He added that the Google data centre and Google Cloud region in Greater KL, in particular, will empower the country’s manufacturing and service-based industries to leverage AI and other advanced technologies to move up the global value chain. 

“We also value Google’s plan to help us develop a robust talent ecosystem by facilitating the growth of our people’s digital skills, businesses and careers. 

“As this attracts further investments, it will spur innovation and drive growth for organisations of all sizes. We are confident that Google’s partnership and continued investment will accelerate our nation’s digital transformation, contributing to the Madani vision toward a more prosperous, technologically-advanced Malaysia,” he said.

The Google data centre powers Google’s popular digital services, such as Search, Maps and Workspace, that billions of people and organisations worldwide, including those in Malaysia, use every day. 

It will also play an essential role in enabling Google to deliver the benefits of Al to users and customers across the country. When operational, Malaysia will join the 11 countries where Google has built and now operates data centres serving users around the world.

The Google Cloud region will deliver high-performance and low-latency services to large enterprises, start-ups and public sector organisations. 

Google Cloud customers will benefit from key controls that allow them to maintain the highest security, data residency and compliance standards, including specific data storage requirements. 

The cloud region will be complemented by Google Cloud’s existing Dedicated Cloud Interconnect locations in Cyberjaya and KL, which provide direct connections between an organisation’s on-premises network and Google Cloud’s global network. The Malaysia cloud region will join 40 regions and 121 zones currently in operation around the world. — TMR