Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the Internet and digital economy ecosystem was a playing field for aspiring innovators.
“The state government has taken radical steps in making sure that Johor’s future is guided by the advent of technology.
“This will materialise under the Digital Johor Masterplan, which is among the state government’s seven initiatives (Tujuh Ikhtiar Makmur Johor),” he added.
Hasni said this in his speech during the closing ceremony of Asia International Innovation and Exhibition at Pulai Springs Resort here.
The seven initiatives are the establishment of Ibrahim Johor Economic Council (Ijec), Johor Digital Masterplan, Singapore-Johor-Riau Growth Triangle Development (SIJO-Kepri), Johor Investment Company (Jico) in Singapore, the New Economic Alignment, Johor Food Bank and the Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030.
Hasni stressed that the government would make sure that the fruits of technological advancements were not concentrated on selected areas or the chosen few.
“This plan will make sure that digital economy, financial technology and other ecosystems are people-centric.
“In simpler terms, Johor will have better and faster Internet connectivity, which is all that matters,” he added.
On another matter, Hasni said higher learning institutions had a role to play in not only fulfilling the needs of various industries by providing a highly skilled workforce, but also moulding workers into ethical and politically conscious citizens.
He added that it would be better if higher learning institutions in Malaysia could merge the dichotomy and reach a comfortable middle ground.
Hasni also said higher learning institutions should inculcate the culture of asking questions and seeking answers as it would encourage new ideas, new discourses towards age-old questions and predicaments.
“Only through the culture of asking questions and seeking answers, universities can produce graduates that are highly skilled and innovative in tandem with the needs of the industry and at the same time, produce graduates that are politically conscious and ethical,” he said.
He reminded that development, if not accompanied by ethics and morals, would be meaningless.