The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announced a major organisational restructure to reinvent its role as the leader of Malaysia’s digital economy and further emphasises the firm commitment of their leadership towards delivering more for less at speed, addressing disruption of the new norm and improving its standard of governance.
In these unprecedented times, change is inevitable. Recognising that digital transformation and adoption is crucial to capitalise on new opportunities, MDEC is confident that the new agile, streamlined and collaborative leadership structure will enable mass outreach and achieve its vision of Malaysia 5.0 – achieving a people-first society in the age of 4IR technology.
The reinvented MDEC will introduce four strategic focus areas, driven by a newly constituted MDEC Operating Council comprising five divisions:
Implementing the right, lean, new leadership structure is key to executing at speed, expanding mass outreach, and creating a measurable socio-economic impact in a digital-first future.
Digital MDEC will prioritise strategic national alignment and the complete digitalisation of all MDEC’s processes and services. It will also implement the recommendations from the holistic governance review.
Digitally Powered Businesses will drive two specific thrusts: driving digital adoption among businesses and scaling digital industry players. Digital Investments aims to attract investment into the catalytic digital-tech sectors and 4IR technologies. The main thrust of Digitally Skilled Malaysians will be on reskilling, job matching and the sharing (Gig) economy.
All five Division leaders in the MDEC Operating Council will report to Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC. The divisions are expected to collaborate closely and deploy agile teams to work across the divisions to provide fast and seamless solutions to address opportunities and challenges.
Together, these four strategic focus areas and five divisions will be instrumental in firmly establishing Malaysia as the ‘Heart of Digital ASEAN’.
According to Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of MDEC, they entering the second decade of the 21st century and they will have to face the massive impact of escalating digital transformation and the 4IR.
“It questions our existing culture, ways of thinking and doing, communicating and the governance and management models. However, people are ultimately the drivers of digital transformation. I envision a Malaysia that places society at the centre of 4IR technology, and this reinvention of MDEC will help us make the vision of Malaysia 5.0 a reality. The digital economy must be for the many and target shared prosperity,” he said.
MDEC will introduce the IOOI (Input, Output, Outcome, Impact) Valuation Metrics in its planning to guide future resource allocation and utilisation, and effectively measure the organisation’s socio-economic contribution to society. This will directly cultivate a high-performing and high-impact organisation.
“The reinvention will ensure clarity in vision, increased ownership, and a collaborative approach to drive success. This is the time for MDEC to be bold and lead the digital leap for Malaysia to build a digital economy for all Malaysians. I am confident that we have the right structure in place to drive Malaysia towards becoming the region’s digital capital – the Heart of Digital ASEAN,” the Chairman added.
In a similar note, Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC, said, “This reinvention will enable us to execute more with speed, places us in a better position to support the people, industry, investors and government, and addresses significant lapses in our governance.
“We are on the path of #Change and there is no looking back. Disruption and change is the new normal. We must advocate the transformative opportunities it offers and reinvent ourselves accordingly to meet the demands of the new digital frontier.”
She also said their priority must always be to deliver on the mandate bestowed upon us by the government and the people. The MDEC Operating Council will be laser-focused, agile and collaborative in tackling the significant work in front of them.
Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN Malaysia is on track to achieve its bold aspiration to become the ‘Heart of Digital ASEAN’.
The country ranked 8th within the Asia-Pacific region in the Global Innovation Index 2020, which ranks the innovation capacities of 131 economies in the world, and 11th in Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020, which ranks the top 140 startup ecosystems globally.
In the new tech age, digital innovations will serve as a social equaliser to drive shared prosperity for all Malaysians, which is why achieving Malaysia 5.0 must be a national priority.