Microsoft today announced its “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative, which marks a significant commitment to empowering Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy and advancing the nation’s digital transformation across the private and public sectors.
Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, highlighted that Microsoft will establish its first data centre region in the country to deliver trusted cloud services featuring world-class data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in-country.
“Building digital infrastructure is fundamental to advancing a nation’s digital economy. The upcoming data centre region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to reimagine and transform their operations, to the benefit of all citizens,” explained Jean-Philippe.
Guest of honour, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia, said that the initiative would see investments amounting to at least USD1 billion or RM4 billion over the next five years. He added that this plan will include establishing Microsoft’s first data centre region in Malaysia (effectively consisting multiple data centres) to manage data from various neighbouring countries.
“As I understand it, according to International Data Corporation, the ripple effects of the data centre region investment today, could translate into USD6.9 (RM28.3) revenue generated in the local cloud ecosystem for every USD1 (RM4.2) of Microsoft Malaysia’s cloud revenue by 2024. It is estimated that it will help create 19,000 jobs, including 4,000 IT-related jobs amongst its cloud users,” said the Prime Minister.
Microsoft will establish its first data centre region in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area and deliver access to the full Microsoft Cloud, which includes:
Microsoft Azure: Enable anyone to invent with purpose using cloud services and capabilities that span computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI and Internet of Things (IoT);
Microsoft 365: Connect, collaborate, work remotely and learn online with innovative productivity tools;
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform: Build and manage critical enterprise business solutions at scale with intelligent business applications.
K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, is delighted to have cemented the partnership with the nation to accelerate its digital economy. He mentioned that public-private partnerships are key enablers to propel Malaysia’s digital economy forward.
“Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative reflects our joint commitment in support of the nation’s MyDigital aspirations, as we empower every person and every organisation in Malaysia to achieve more. With over 200 employees and 2,000 partners in the country, we will continue to support a digitally-enabled government, empower businesses to build resilience digitally, and bridge the digital opportunities for Malaysians. Together, we stand with Malaysia,” he said.
Microsoft’s partnership with the Social & Economic Research Initiative (SERI) has established the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations. The Alliance’s first meeting discussed digitalisation in the education sector to nurture a globally competitive Malaysian digital workforce.
Moreover, Malaysia’s leading companies, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) and Celcom Axiata Berhad, have also committed to advancing Malaysia’s nation-building and digital ambitions and utilise the Microsoft Cloud from the new data centre region when available.