PM Anwar hails Google’s RM9.4 bln investment as proof of govt’s clear planning, M’sia’s economic strength

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Photo credit: Sadiq Asyraf/Prime Minister's Office

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 30: Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim says that Google’s USD2 billion investment (RM9.4 billion) is proof that the government’s clear planning, in addition to Malaysia’s economic strength and resources, attracts existing and new investors.

According to multiple news reports today, Google plans to invest USD2 billion in Malaysia, which includes the development of its first Malaysian data centre and a Google Cloud effort in the region to meet the growing demand for cloud services locally and globally, as well as artificial intelligence (Al) literacy programmes for students and educators.


“Undoubtedly, this places Malaysia as one of the leading countries in the provision of support services for digital technology-based services,” Anwar said in a Facebook post earlier today.

The Prime Minister went on to say that Google’s investment will help the government advance its agenda for accelerating the country’s digital transformation.

“This investment is expected to have a multiplier impact on the Malaysian economy of around USD3.2 billion (RM15.04 billion) and the creation of 26,500 jobs by 2030,” he added.

Furthermore, Anwar stated that in a virtual meeting with Google’s senior management on May 6, he emphasised that, in addition to general support for the use of AI, strategic cooperation should focus on education, health, and agriculture.

“This is important to ensure that Malaysia can take advantage of the latest technology-based skills and approaches,” he said. — DayakDaily