The AI programme participant driving digital transformation in Malaysia
As Director of the Data Economy Division at the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Dr Karl Ng is on a mission to help businesses in his country get ready for the opportunities afforded by AI.
Karl was also one of the first participants on the Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme, which launched in May 2019.
Established in 1996, MDEC was established by the government to lead Malaysia’s digital transformation and adoption across the public and private sectors. It does this through different means - policy development and collaboration, championing the development of digital skills and creating global champions for digital adoption in Malaysia.
An engineer by training, Karl joined MDEC in 2012. He was a key figure in the implementation of Malaysia’s Big Data Framework, enabling government, business and communities to organise, assess and analyse big data, ultimately to facilitate improvements in society.
MDEC is now targeting AI as the next area of growth for the Digital Economy. According to its Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia is in a good position to be a leader of research in and development of the ethics in AI. According to recent statistics from the International Data Corporation, the Big Data and software market in Malaysia is forecast to reach RM595 million by 2021.
Since early this year, Karl has been working on a proposal for a National AI Framework, which if adopted by the government, will provide a roadmap for the adoption of AI for the foreseeable future.
A critical part of both projects is tackling the technology skills gaps in Malaysia.