Malaysia, Singapore reaffirm their strong commitment to personal data protection, cyber security, and the digital economy

Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek


KUALA LUMPUR FEB.3:- Malaysia is committed to driving a digital economy that is inclusive, progressive, equitable and sustainable for the betterment of its people, as it firmly believes that the digital economy is a crucial foundation for economic recovery during this period.

The Secretary-General, Ministry of Communications and Digital of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek said, the 6th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) discussions on the future of digital information and communications cooperation, as well as in areas of data protection between Malaysia and Singapore have been very interesting and productive.

“We have made significant strides toward achieving our shared visions and objectives,” Mohammad said in a statement.

Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, Mr. Joseph Leong, co-chaired the 6th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Information and Communications cooperation between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on 3rd February 2023.

Hosted by Malaysia this year, the JCM highlights the cordial relations and strong cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore in the fields of personal data protection, cyber security, and digital economy in light of the renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s introductory visit to Singapore on Jan.30, 2023.

Meanwhile, Mr. Joseph Leong said: “Singapore welcomes the continued close cooperation with Malaysia to harness the benefits, while at the same time tackling the challenges, of the evolving digital space, including through our discussions at the JCM and the recently signed MoU on personal data protection, cybersecurity, and digital economy.

“We share common interests in creating a safer online space for our citizens, facilitating cross-border connectivity and data flows for our businesses, and growing our digital economy. The next JCM will be hosted by Singapore in 2024,” Joseph Leong said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in its statement said, during the JCM,  Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek and Mr. Leong shared their perspectives on the importance of digitalization as Malaysia and Singapore’s economies transition to the endemic phase of COVID-19, as well as each government’s public outreach and engagement activities during the pandemic.

“Malaysia and Singapore continue to recognize the JCM as a useful platform for enhancing bilateral collaboration, addressing key challenges, and, most crucially, accelerating economic recovery following COVID-19.

“Both countries share the view that the rising uptake of digital technologies during the pandemic demonstrates an opportunity to bolster digital economies and improve corporate and individual connectivity. Consequently, the need for a safe and secure online space has grown in importance,” the statement said.

In conjunction with the 6th JCM, Malaysia will also host the 14th Muzika Ekstravaganza on 4th February 2023. Muzika Extravaganza is an annual variety co-production by Malaysia’s Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and Singapore’s Mediacorp.

 This event will be graced by Minister for Communications and Digital, Malaysia, Mr. Fahmi Fadzil, and Minister for Communications and Information, Singapore, Mrs. Josephine Teo. – Malaysia World News


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