Budget 2022: Government will ensure that people are not left behind by the wave of digitization
PUTRAJAYA (October 30): National digitization, the recovery of the creative industry and sustainable government communications are at the center of the priorities of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) in the 2022 budget to ensure that no one is left behind. account in the wave of digitization.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the government is responsible for providing infrastructure, encouraging innovation and creating an ecosystem for people to contribute to a higher standard of living, including everyone can enjoy at Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian family).
He said the KKMM is confident that the RM2.625 billion allocation it receives under the 2022 budget can help the Malaysian family out of the hardships faced throughout the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.
âThe time has come for the government to lay the groundwork for the country’s transformation towards a progressive digital economy,â he said in a 2022 budget statement on Saturday (October 30th).
Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, when tabling the 2022 budget in Dewan Rakyat on Friday, said that the National Digital Network (JENDELA) initiative will be stepped up next year with a provision of 700 million. RM to continue digital connectivity efforts in 47 industrial zones and 630 schools, especially in rural areas.
By 2022, Annuar said, 5G service will be extended to 36% of high-density areas, including major cities of Johor, Selangor, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.
âProviding 5G service can create a new technological landscape and deliver a better and faster user experience, thereby bridging the digital divide and opening up new employment opportunities,â he said.
Annuar said that as part of the budget, the government would increase the initiative of the Digitization Grants Program for Small and Medium Enterprises to RM200 million, with RM50 million earmarked for bumiputera microentrepreneurs in rural areas. .
To scale up the digital transformation of businesses in rural areas, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would transform 600 Malaysian Family Digital Economic Centers (PEDi) into one-stop centers to guide micro-entrepreneurs in the use of digital technology.
Apart from this, the government would also introduce the Malaysia Digital Nomad program to create a community and ecosystem for digital nomads in Malaysia using the tourism sector as a catalyst, he said.
âDigital nomads are those who make a living online without a permanent physical location. This group has the potential to contribute to the country’s economy, especially as tourists, âhe added.
Annuar also hoped that the government’s allocation of RM 450 million and the commitment of RM 65 million from mobile service providers for the implementation of the Malaysian Family PerantiSiswa package would ensure better digital reach for the Malaysian family.
In addition, people can also benefit from the extension of the special personal income tax exemption up to RM 2,500 for the purchase of mobile phones, computers and tablets until 31. December 2022, “he said.
He said the government’s concern for people with disabilities (PwD) is highlighted with the service of sign language interpreters in the news bulletins of all television networks, including private stations.
âThis initiative, undertaken with the help of Bernama will improve media access for the PwD Group to keep them more up to date with current news and the latest information, âhe said.
Meanwhile, Annuar hoped that the creative industry players and all stakeholders would be more active and aggressive in generating revenue under the new standard following the RM 288 million allocation to the industry.
He said that next year the government will launch the RIUH Keluarga Malaysia program through the RM20 million Investment Loan Matching Fund, which is expected to create 5,000 job opportunities.
The announcement of an entertainment rights exemption for all entertainment activities, including cinemas in all federal territories, and the extension of the tourism tax exemption until December 31, 2022 would also bring relief to those affected, he said.
âSuch efforts will certainly help the resumption of the entertainment business, which has been hit hard. Budget 2022 will ensure that Keluarga Malaysia will continue to be protected and that no one will be left behind in the country’s prosperity, âhe said.
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