Communications and Multimedia Ministry applauds #DigitalvsCovid movement

27 Mar 2020 / 11:20 H.

PETALING JAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has applauded the strong response from over 80 digital and tech companies under the #DigitalvsCovid movement to assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that were negatively impacted by the Movement Control Order (MCO).

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), an agency under the ministry, introduced the #DigitalvsCovid movement to galvanise support from digital economy stakeholders to combat Covid-19 and mitigate the business risks arising from it.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the movement is in line with the ministry’s objective and MDEC’s mandate to lead the digital economy forward and accelerate digital adoption among the people.

MDEC, through its ongoing industry outreach efforts by its Global Growth Acceleration division, successfully connected with more than 80 international standard Malaysian tech and digital companies to provide various solutions and services to help SMEs and the nation during these challenging times.

“The ministry truly appreciates how quickly MDEC is able to plan and execute this movement. As these efforts continue to be improved, the ministry will also continue to develop new initiatives that will help all Malaysians, even businesses, to benefit from the efforts that MDEC has introduced to tackle this challenging times,“ he said in a statement yesterday.

“The action by these companies will also help keep the nation’s digital economy moving forward and ensure Malaysians are able to benefit from the digital economy. More importantly, the solutions that these Global Growth Acceleration companies offer will ensure the current prevention measures in place – social distancing, cashless transaction, and maintaining general hygiene and cleanliness – remain effective. All these will, therefore, reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection spreading,“ he said.

Industry leaders will be offering their solutions and services, either pro bono or at a significantly discounted price, to SMEs.

In doing so, there is hope to get SMEs on board the digital wagon so they can sustain their business operations effectively until April 14, when the MCO is targeted to end.

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