S’wak to get additional 23 digital economic centres to boost internet literacy

Teo (seated left) poses for the camera before a live broadcast at RTM Sarawak station on March 19, 2023.

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, March 19: Another 23 Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) Digital Economic Centres (PEDi) will be set up in Sarawak, says Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching.

“This is to teach the rural folk how to utilise the internet so they can take part in the digital economy.

“It is the ministry’s aim that by the end of 2025, the digital economy will contribute 25.5 per cent to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP),” she told reporters after her first working visit since being appointed deputy minister to Radio Television Malaysia Sarawak today.

She elaborated that the ministry needs to ensure Malaysians can utilise the internet to transform their businesses and bring them online.

She reiterated that in the recently revised Budget 2023, Prime Minister Datuk Anwar Ibrahim wished to establish that there must be at least one PEDi in every state constituency nationwide, including Sarawak and Sabah.

There are currently 133 PEDi in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Teo disclosed that her working visit to Sarawak is to meet their ministry’s officers and agencies.

PEDi commenced operations in 2007 and is fully funded by Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) through the Universal Service Provision (USP) Fund.

It aims to empower the local community by elevating their socio-economic status. — DayakDaily