PUTRAJAYA, April19 — Microsoft Corp, through its newly-launched “Bersama Malaysia” initiative, has signed five memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with government agencies and local companies to train about one million Malaysians by end of 2023 to help create economic opportunities for people and businesses in the digital era.
Microsoft Malaysia managing director K. Raman said Microsoft, together with its local partner Enfrasys Solutions, has been appointed by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) to provide cloud services to the public sector agencies through 2023.
“Microsoft will also partner with Censof Holdings, Silverlake Group and Web Bytes to accelerate digital transformation in the nation’s key industries, including financial services, retail, food and beverage, as well as the public sector,” he said at the launch of the initiative by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here today.
Meanwhile, Petronas president and group chief executive officer (CEO) Tengku Muhammad Taufik Aziz said the partnership with Microsoft underlines the national oil company’s commitment to nurturing a sustainable pipeline of a future-ready workforce equipped to support Malaysia’s digital economy.
“As a progressive energy and solutions partner enriching lives for a sustainable future, continuous human capital development will be integral to our ability to operate and compete.
“We look forward to accelerating efforts in upskilling local talents, with a view to creating an inclusive digital future for the benefit of both the people and the nation,” he said.
Celcom Axiata CEO Idham Nawawi said in partnership with Microsoft, the telecommunication company (telco) will continue to serve its customers by offering secure and reliable cloud services, leading towards the development of a striving digital ecosystem and achieving the nation’s digital aspirations in a way that is sustainable
“Telecommunications and technology sectors are key lifelines to the nation’s digital economy. A world-class cloud service will become the epitome that shapes the future path in our pursuit towards becoming a digital economy powerhouse in the region.
“We highly applaud Microsoft’s plans to establish its first datacentre region in Malaysia, providing access to secure, scalable, highly available, resilient and sustainable cloud services for the government, and across multiple industry verticals. As the anchor telco tenant, we look forward to bringing the benefit of this datacentre to our customers and partners,” he said.
Under the same initiative, which is worth about US$1 billion (US$1=RM4.13) over the next five years, Microsoft will establish its first datacentre region in Kuala Lumpur area and deliver access to the full Microsoft Cloud.
The cloud consists of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 as well as Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.
Raman said the new datacentre region will also deliver Azure Availability Zones, providing additional resilience options for highly available applications, and support Microsoft’s sustainability goals.
“Microsoft has a global commitment to shift to 100 per cent supply of renewable energy by 2025. This means Microsoft will have power purchase agreements for green energy contracted for 100 per cent of carbon-emitting electricity consumed by all its datacentres, buildings, and campuses, including the planned Malaysia datacentre region.
“Microsoft will work with the government, startups and enterprises to support the country’s digital transformation goals. Specifically, Microsoft in 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,” he said.
Raman said the alliance’s first meeting discussed digitalisation in the education sector to nurture a globally competitive Malaysian digital workforce.