SIBU: Sarawakians have been urged to quickly embrace digital economy, which is happening globally now.
International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, in making this advice at the joint installation ceremony of three Toastmasters clubs on Sunday night, said if the people were still working in the conventional way, they would be left behind.
The three clubs were Swan City, Rejang and Rainbow Toastmasters Clubs.
He gave an example of how a friend of his who was caught by surprise while paying the taxi fare in Beijing.
“A friend of mine wanted to pay the taxi fare of 100 reminbi but the taxi driver told him he was not accepting cash.
“He (driver) gave him a code for making mobile e-payment. In the end, he ended up paying 100 renminbi instead of the actual fare of 43 renminbi as the taxi driver had no change,” he added.
Wong also advised the people to master the English language following his recent trip to Beijing where he noticed that the people in China were now taking the language seriously.
“English is getting popular and increasingly important. In China, before a baby is born, that baby is already registered with an English institution.
“The queue for registration is so long because parents were afraid that their kids would be left out,” he added.
Wong said he visited a well-established English institution which charged each student an annual fee of 200,000 renminbi.
“It is important to master your communications skill for greater success in your personal life and profession,” he said.
Toastmasters club could help groom individuals’ communications skill, he added.
Separately, he said NGOs in Sibu were experiencing a drop in membership.
“Many gave excuses that they were either busy with their work or they needed more time for leisure hours,” he added.