Minister for economic affairs Mustapa Mohamed says all students will gain access to digital gadgets under the My Device initiative.

PETALING JAYA: The government is working to ensure all students in Malaysia will be able to access online learning by 2025, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (economic affairs) Mustapa Mohamed said today.

Mustapa, or Tok Pa as he is often called, said this will be implemented through the MY Device initiative, which will see all students gaining access to digital devices for virtual classes.

“The government is aware of the struggles faced by children and parents in attending classes online,” he said at the virtual launch of MyDigital and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint this morning.

“This initiative will be carried out through cooperation between the government, private sector and the public. Free data will be provided to students from vulnerable groups.”

Mustapa said the plan was under the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint and its strategic thrusts, which included facilitating the digital transformation of the public sector, increasing the economy’s competitiveness, developing digital infrastructure and a digitally-skilled workforce.

He said the Digital Economy Council, under the Economic Planning Unit, will oversee all digital initiatives involving various ministries and agencies.

The council comprises six clusters – digital talent, digital infrastructure and data, new technologies, economy, society and government.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who launched the blueprint, said it would be carried out in three phases to be completed by 2030.

He said the digital economy is expected to contribute 22.6% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP), creating 500,000 new jobs, with a targeted 30% increase in productivity levels of the economic sector.

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