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Upskilling should be the way forward in the new normal for Malaysia, says Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

Upskilling should be the way forward in the new normal for Malaysia, says Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

With the new normal bringing about a range of changes across industries, upskilling for micro-credentials is now the way forward, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar has said.

According to a report by Bernama, speaking at the launch ceremony of the AirAsia-Google RedBeat Academy yesterday, the Minister said that without continuous learning and upskilling, individuals and Malaysia would be "further left behind."

"And I think if there's one thing that COVID-19 has accelerated, it is this digitalisation of life that we need.

"The amount of digitalisation that has taken place over the last six months or so has been tremendous. With the current 91% of mobile 4G coverage, we hope that by 2022 we can bring it up to 97& to 98%."

Apart from this, Minister Khairy also highlighted that another important effort being undertaken was the increasing of human capital, citing a lack of talent noted by technology companies.

"It's not that the talent is no good, but the good talent.. there's not enough of it," he said.

[ALSO READ: 91% of Malaysian employees intend to upskill or reskill in the next 12 months]

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