MDEC Continues Outreach Programme To Expand Digital Literacy Among B40 Group

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has completed its series of three-on-ground outreach programme, targeted toward towards B40 (bottom 40 percent income earners) families, non-income groups, senior citizens and youths in order to facilitate these targeted communities to go digital.

The project under the #SayaDigital Movement was started to create awareness and empower the rakyat to embrace digitalisation ended with the visit to the Orang Asal settlement in Bukit Lanjan, with 301 participants from the vulnerable socioeconomic groups benefitting from the initiative.

“The success of this campaign will enable the rakyat to be digitally-capable and fully utilise the infrastructure and benefits provided by our digital economy. Empowering them with digital knowledge and skills, from all walks of life, will enable Malaysia to survive and thrive in these uncertain times, driving us to a shared prosperity for all as espoused in the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL),” Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MDEC said.

“Our expansion of digital literacy will leave no one behind, in our push towards Malaysia 5.0 and being the Heart of Digital ASEAN,” Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman of MDEC said.

At each site, the local community will answer the Digital Readiness Assessment to gauge their digital literacy level at the #SayaDigital Kiosk. They are then determined which Basic Digital Literacy Learning Modules they will undergo.

Local youths inducted during the pilot projects were trained as GENG #SayaDigital. Training includes Basic Digital Literacy Programme which encompasses eCommunications, Online Banking and eWallets and Digital Services Applications. This in turn creates a cascading effect as these youths transfer their newly-attained skills to their families and community. 25 youths were already trained to date via this initiative.

“It’s a fun, interactive workshop and the trainers were helpful and insightful. I have learned a lot today and I am sure I will be able to make use of this new knowledge in the new norm and challenges we are living in,” said one of the participants Dawit, 42, a resident of the Desa Temuan.

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