PM: MSC will continue to be more targeted

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 19 May 2007

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) will continue to be more targeted and focused in making the country an attractive ICT investment destination. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Government would continue to develop sectors where Malaysia already had a competitive advantage while developing new ones. 

“Malaysia has already built a strong niche in shared-services and outsourcing and is ranked third-most attractive investment destination by A.T. Kearney, and Frost and Sullivan,” he said in his opening remarks at the MSC Malaysia-International Advisory Panel Meeting at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here yesterday. 

He also said Malaysia would strive to compete in the global animation industry, which is currently worth US$60bil (RM204.2bil) and is expected to expand to US$80bil (RM272.4bil) by 2010. 

“We will collaborate with Japan and South Korea, the two countries at the frontlines of animation. 

Book launch: Abdullah launching the MSC Malaysia coffeetable book Shared Lives-50 years of Transformation at Putrajaya International Convention Centre yesterday. With him are Deputy Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis.

“I am also happy to note that some state governments in Malaysia have already begun to aggressively promote the animation industry by allocating funds and training local talent,” he said. 

Abdullah said Malaysian MSC companies had generated revenues totalling RM11bil as of the end of last year. 

Abdullah also reminded MSC companies to be creative. 

“There are lots of improvements and ideas, and those involved know it is happening very fast,” he said.“We cannot rest but must go on faster and faster, and see that our products are continuously improved.” 

Abdullah added that the Multimedia Development Corporation had established the MSC Malaysia K-Workers Development Institute to create world-class ICT professionals. 

“This is to support the overall effort to make Malaysia a preferred global ICT hub,” he said. 

He also said that this was part of Malaysia’s brain-gain programme.  

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