English, Speech

Digital Platform Conference Speech

Digital Platform Conference . Kuala Lumpur 19 September 2019

YB Steven Sim Chee Keong 先生讲话

(Talking Points for YB Steven Sim Chee Keong)

HE. Mr. Chen Chen, Minister Counsellor for the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Malaysia,

Y.B. Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Selangor State Executive Councilor,

Dato’ Ir Fong Tian Yong, Executive Director of the Malaysia-China Business Council, Ladies and Gentleman.

1500 years ago, the Sui Dynasty ambassador Chang Jun visited the rich city state at the upper river of Kelantan, Chih Tu Guo or the Red Earth Kingdom. His visit was greeted with grand ceremony and three years later, the princes of Chih Tu Guo went to China to honour the Emperor YangDi of Sui.

While we celebrate the 45th anniversary of modern China-Malaysia diplomatic relations, let us bear in mind that our friendship goes beyond that to a thousand years ago.

With that, I want to welcome officials and business representatives from China’s digital sector to Malaysia. I hope you will have a fruitful interaction with your counterpart here in this country.

The digital sector is undergoing a rapid revolution. Just the other day I personally experienced two interesting e-sports. The first is called Hado, the esports version of dodgeball where three players from each side trying to shoot at the other side, not using real balls but using AR technology. The second game was e-racing where the game console actually simulated real life grand prix car driving experience.

What we are seeing here?

Traditionally, e-sports is seen as sitting stationary in fron to the screen playing video games.

But now, we are seeing a convergence of traditional esports and conventional sports, creating a new exciting hybrid. Because of the hyper-realistic simulation, this hybrid sports will allow players to experience almost as if they are playing conventional sports.

Yes the technology may be new, but imagine the possibilities. There will be greater accessibility to sports and other activities using such technologies. Imagine the cost of renting a GP race car and the race circuit compared to going into a hyper-realistic e-racing console. Or what about training a surgeon in an operation theater in the hospital; or a young engineer learning about the sensitive zones in an off-shore oil rig or space station?

Welcome to the third decade of the 21st century.

In the past, the silk road allowed the technological transfer of China’s Four Great Inventions (​四大), namely, paper, printing, gunpowder and compass.

Today, I hope that the modern silk road will facilitate the transfer of China’s modern technology, namely, 5G technology, high speed transportation, and e-commerce.

If you spend enough time here, you will soon notice that there are indeed a lot of opportunities in this country and this region. According to a report by Ernst and Young, SMEs across Southeast Asia are expected to invest widely in digital technologies within the next three years to develop their businesses. As we step into the third decade of the 21st century, these companies will focus their investments on transformative technologies in order to grow their market shares.

In the area of eSports, we are looking at a US151.9 billion industry as of 2019. In Malaysia, although relatively small and new, the sector contributed about USD100 million in revenue in 2018. Compare this to China, one of the biggest players in the world with an esports sector of USD38 b.

All these makes the industry a primary focus not only in the private market but also among governments.

Yesterday, in the Parliament, the Finance Minister in tabling the 2020 Malaysian federal budget, allocated 40b to eSports as a sector, an increase of 400% from this year.

And I want to congratulate the Selangor state govt who through the Selangor Information Technology & E-Commerce Council (SITEC) and Invest Selangor has successfully organise this One Belt One Road Anime & Gaming Summit to further explore this growing segment and market.

The Malaysian government in anticipating a radical shift into the digital economy. The government approved an RM21.6 billion National Fiberasation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). By the middle of the next decade, we hope to provide nationwide high quality, affordable digital connectivity for all Malaysians. This will enable Malaysia and Malaysian businesses to fully take part in the next digital revolution.

In the 2020 budget, there is an RM2 billion industry digital transformation fund to assist Malaysian businesses to enter into the game, RM210 million to build and improve on public digital infrastructure for example in schools and library, RM50 million to prepare the 5G ecosystem, and RM55 million for entrepreneurs to create digital applications and contents.

We are also transforming our education, we have introduced coding syllabus in Year 6 and next year, MOE will also introduce AI components into Year 4 syllabus. Under my Ministry, we have 22 technical and vocational education training centres. Currently, we are in the midst of improving the existing skills training programmes. From welding, we want to teach them coding, from wiring to robotics, from data entry to data analytics. We want to prepare our young people to be the workforce of the future.

The summit will also be an ample opportunity for the public to know what this growing industry is all about and why exactly it has captured the minds and imagination of not only youths but businesses as well.

With leaders and professionals like Yoichi Ataka from Polygon Pictures, Jessie Han from JoyTap Games, Tim Wee from Indiegames, Omega Yuen from Xhinobi Games, Tomoko Choo from TomoKorp and many more, I’m sure that attendees will be more than informed and educated about what’s going on in the video gaming industry in general.

Business activities based on digital creativity also provide important dialogue and collaboration platforms for young people across the globe, as well as tap new potential to strengthen traditional friendship and forge new cooperative partnerships among countries. I am looking forward to seeing more events of such kind open in both Malaysia and China, and hope our young generations can continue to honor our friendship and pursue our shared dreams together, grasping all the opportunities that digital cooperation platforms related to culture and tourism can offer.

最后,再次祝愿次活动圆满成功,祝两国人民的友地久。

I wish today’s event a complete success. May China-Malaysia friendship last forever.

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