UAE - Mubasher: Microsoft Corporation will allocate $1 billion in establishing data centres in Malaysia over the next five years, Reuters reported, citing the Malaysian Prime Minister.
This investment is part of a new partnership programme with government agencies and local companies.
This decision came after Malaysia had granted in February conditional approvals for Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and state telecoms firm Telekom Malaysia to develop and manage hyper-scale data centres and provide cloud services.
The investment will also support Malaysia's economy which registered a 68% plunge in foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2020, the highest decrease in Southeast Asia.
Microsoft will create its first datacentre region, consisting of several data centres, in Malaysia as part of its Bersama Malaysia initiative to provide trusted cloud services locally, in addition to data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in-country.
Meanwhile, the tech giant seeks to skill a million Malaysians by end of 2023 to offer opportunities for people and businesses in the digital sector.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, commented, "This significant investment from Microsoft further fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub and we stand ever ready to welcome more such partners as we work with our stakeholders to continually improve Malaysia’s value proposition in this big data space."
The Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, K Raman, commented: "Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative reflects our joint commitment in support of the nation’s MyDigital aspirations, as we empower every person and every organization in Malaysia to achieve more."