PETALING JAYA: Global tech company NVidia is ready to lend Malaysia a hand in developing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem in the country, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
In a meeting with NVidia CEO Jensen Huang, Anwar expressed Malaysia’s need for world-class AI infrastructure to nurture local talents further and develop AI-driven innovation.
“In the meeting earlier, our discussion touched on Malaysia's potential to become a top 20 country related to AI.
“I emphasised that Malaysia needs a world-class AI infrastructure to nurture local talent and develop AI-led innovation.
“Huang expressed his willingness to support this desire and informed that NVidia agreed to help develop the AI ecosystem in Malaysia by supporting the construction of a centre of excellence to facilitate AI learning and research, in addition to the creation of Malaysia's own AI Cloud system,” he said in a statement on Facebook on Friday (Dec 8).
Also present at the meeting was YTL Power managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong.
Anwar also said NVidia would enter into a strategic partnership with YTL by building an AI data centre involving an investment worth RM20bil.
“YTL has started investing in the latest H100-powered supercomputer to build an AI Cloud system based in Malaysia.
“NVidia's decision to invest in Malaysia is a clear signal that foreign investors, especially the world's technology giants, continue to make Malaysia a preferred investment destination in the region,” said Anwar, who is also the Finance Minister.