KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is working with several stakeholders to develop a national data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy, says its minister Gobind Singh Deo.
He said the policy was crucial for Industrial Revolution 4.0.
“If we look at how technology is developing, we can see the importance of AI and its application across the board.
“Currently, we are discussing how it can be used to advance technology in Malaysia, as well as to improve and benefit other sectors, ” he said at the launch of Next Big Tech Asia 2019 here yesterday.The new policy is not to be confused with the National AI Framework being developed by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
The National AI Framework is an expansion of the National Big Data Analytics ecosystem developed in 2015, aimed at driving Malaysia’s AI ecosystem.
“MDEC has been working on this for some time now but to me, it is important that we get a policy that is recognised by the government, ” said Gobind.
He added that MDEC would present the framework to his ministry by the end of this year.
“To me, in future, a lot will depend on data, such as how you analyse and store data. AI is a critical element of that part.
“So, my ministry is looking into formulating a policy that deals with that aspect, ” he said.
But he did not specify when the policy would be ready.
“I don’t want to put a timeline because we are not rushing into it.
“As technology develops day by day, it becomes more complex. It’s important that we understand data and know how we can use it.
“It is events like this that bring the stakeholders together and we get input from them on what their concerns are, as well as suggestions on what the direction should be.
“We are at the stage of listening to all the stakeholders. After that, we will sit down to formulate a policy and once it is ready, I will present it to the Cabinet, ” Gobind said.