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PM launches US$1bil partnership with Microsoft
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be working with Microsoft to establish an inclusive digital economy through the Bersama Malaysia initiative in the next five years.

Speaking at the launch of Bersama Malaysia today, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the initiative will cost at least US$1 billion, or RM4 billion.

It is said to be Microsoft’s “most significant investment” in Malaysia in the past three decades, which will see the company establishing its first data centre region in the country, among others.

Muhyiddin said this will comprise “multiple data centres to manage data from various countries”, all running on renewable energy by 2025.

It will also generate US$6.90 (RM28.3) for every US$1 (RM4.20) of Microsoft Malaysia’s cloud revenue and create about 19,000 job opportunities, including 4,000 IT-related jobs.

The Bersama Malaysia initiative also includes Microsoft partnering up with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Petronas, Celcom and Grab.

“I was made to understand by Microsoft that these partnerships will help skill, in various degrees, up to one million Malaysians by the end of 2023.

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