Assalamualaikum and very good morning.
The title of my speech today is " The born of future Bill Gates in Malaysia". First of all, I would like to say thank you to UPM for this golden opportunity. I believe everybody deserved to be here as a leader that will leading and administrate in towering UPM as research university in Malaysia. As what our Vice Canselor Prof Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah said during his speech in year 2008 :
" it's the right time for us to adapt and adequate the culture of high performance to show our potential and capability toward our vision to be a world class university that recognized in local and international"
Ladies and gentleman,
Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia) is Malaysia's most exciting initiative for the global ICT industry and envisages an environment specially designed to facilitate companies to harness the full potential of IT and multimedia technologies. Various incentives and programmes are planned under this initiative to attract, nurture and retain ICT and ICT enabled businesses.
There are about six Technology Cluster (MSC Malaysia Status Company); Creative Multimedia, Hardware Design, Software Development, Share Service/ Outsourcing, Support Services and Internet Based Business.
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in one of its role as facilitator of MSC Malaysia has been entrusted with the responbility to create a pool of knowledge workers and potential technopreneur to satiate the needs of the MSC Malaysia toward Vision 2020 to Malaysia as a Modern Country.
The Bumiputera IT Technopreneur Development Programme (BITE) @ know as MSC Malaysia Skills Training and Enhancement Programme (STEP) (2010) was initiated in November 2005 and under purview of Technopreneur Development Division (TeDD) of MDeC. The thrust of the BITE programme is to increase Bumiputera Participation I the ICT sector, promote technoprneurship as a carrer choice and to reduce unemployment among Bumiputera graduates and to assist Bumiputera companies.
Generally, the BITE programme aim to increase Bumiputera participation in the ICT. A lot of effort have been taken to increase the number of leads and ideas. The programme concentrates its efforts on disseminating the information to identified colleges and universities where Bumiputera are high in number. In addition, MDeC also collaborates with relevant association to attract more players from the industry to join the programme.
BITE has established two partnership programmes at present, with Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and Ministry of entrepereneur and Coopereative Development (MECD).
Under the BITE partnership, among the programmes include TAP, C-TAP and MATEC. As for BITE Business Development, the programme available includes Idea Enhancement Programme, Technopreneurship Competency Enhancement and Technopreneur Network Development which is the state, government agencies, industry initiated activities.
Ladies and Gentleman,
Statistic from MDeC show that as of year 2005 there are about 1,400 MSC status company with only 224 (16%) involve in Content Industry. MDeC have their strategies to invent 900 creative content industry companies register as MSC Malaysia.
MDeC aims to have many more collaborations with other various industry organizations to fulfil its objectives. All this effort is to ensure by 2010, Bumiputera makes up at least 30% from the overall number MSC Malaysia Status companies.
Lets look on Microsoft as our good idol in this industry. Orlando Ayala, Microsoft's senior vice-president of Unlimited Potential Group said that Microsoft started with one vision in mind 35 years ago - to bring a computer to every desk in every home. This vision what they call Unlimited Potential, is based on the principal that every single human being has potential. However this potential is often not realized because of the lack of opportunities afforded to those who cannot get access to technology and knowledge - those in the middle and bottom of the pyramid due to various social-economic-political reasons.
In creating a sustainable economic enablement ecosystem that will help unleash the unlimited potential that every citizen in the world has through the use of technology.
Microsoft Corporation- a 17 year veteran with the world's largest software company, Ayala says that there is no doubt that two new billion consumers are going to join the economy by 2015, and most of these consumers are going to come from emerging markets. They believe that it's not just delivering technology to a community and then leaving them alone to struggle with it. But, rather it's about creating long-lasting outcomes that will ensure it will comes that will ensure it will not only be able to survive but to thrive on its own.
In addition, it includes seeing students and adults getting the education and training they need, local companies being formed and businesses thriving and jobs being created by and for the community.
Ladies and gentleman,
Nowadays, the industry therefore needs to innovate and come to terms with how to lower the entry barrier for access the technology. In Malaysia, Microsoft is committed to consciously helping the growth and development of the country.
This commitment is built on Microsoft vision and passion for Malaysia; that to enable Malaysian citizens, organizations and businesses to realize their full potential in the increasingly globalized environment of today.
Microsoft's initiatives combine innovative technology, partnerships and programme to achieve these goals. For 2008, the company has set a goal to bring the benefits of technology to the more than 20 million people in Malaysia.
Microsoft Malaysia's Citizenship outreach was built specifically in line with Malaysia's Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) aspirations for digital inclusion and producing quality human capital resources for the country.
Ladies and gentleman,
Based on report in Business Today (February 2008 Vol. 08 Issue 02) Economist have long recognized the important role ICT can play in a country's development. To quantify that statement and translate it into numbers many can understand, IDC (International Data Corporation) carried out a study of the economic impact of ICT in 82 countries. One of the more interesting facets of the study is reporting on the impact it has on Malaysia.
According to IDC, it was reported that the Malaysian IT sector is expected to generate more than 98,000 new jobs from 2007 to 2011. It also accounted for the creation of more than 800 new IT companies within the same time frame.
Furthermore, such numbers are reflected in IDC's senior staff, such as Amie White, Consulting Director, Global Research Organization, IDC saying: "Despite the economical challenges Malaysia is expected to face throughout 2008, IDC is confident the IT industry will see similar, if not better, growth and development. Many major stakeholders here will be major contributors to this."
Ladies and gentlemen,
The Malaysian IT market having the profile of an emerging economy with 63% of it's IT spending in 2007 focusing on hardware and only 12% on software. IT spending represents 2.9% of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product), compared to a world average of 2.5%.
Furthermore, overall IT spending is expected to hit USD 4,553 million in 2007 and grow 9.1% a year between now and 2011. Software spending is expected to grow 7.5% annually.
Although software represents a small percentage of IT spending, overall software related employment for 2007 is expected to be nearly 31.8% of the total IT employment size, which measures more than 411,000 employees.
Ladies and gentleman,
As far as we are concerned, MSC Malaysia had succeeded in picturing and realizing the sixth MSC strategies toward adequate ICT in the society. It was a big challenge for us before. But, now we have proof to the world that "Malaysia Boleh" and we can stand in the eyes of the world with the high prestige.
Before I end up my speech, I would like to encourage and motivate all of you to utilize the chances, resources and funds provided by the government efficiently. Issue of globalization was a big challenge for us. The inventions of latest technology grow very past in these recent years. Therefore, we must be adaptable, creative and innovative in showing our full potential in turn help to create a sustainable ecosystem in our country. As a future leader that will inherit the leadership of this country, we should corporate together in building the nation.
That's all. Thank you.
University Putra Malaysia.