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DLM is an initiative undertaken by MCMC to promote and accelerate the development and adoption of applications and services.

The Internet of Things is a web in which gadgets, machines, products, devices & inanimate objects share information in new ways, in real time.

The focused ecosystems in this period are Connected Healthcare, Traceability for food and drug, People Friendly Commuting; and Home & Community Living.

Digital Lifestyle eco-system development is promoted based on a model of collaboration or partnership with the industry.

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Why DLM?

Objectives

To enable Malaysians to compete internationally by increasing productivity and sustainability through the adoption of intelligent ICT services and Internet of Things applications.

Outcomes

To make Malaysia a high income nation by 2020 using broadband network and ICT services.

Creating a Better Quality of Life within a Dynamic Digital Lifestyle Ecosystem

If there is anything which can be introduced to a typical village or rural community that the local population will accept and, without realising it, adapt and change their way of life for the better, it is most likely to be ICT-related. Social behavioural practice, whether as a result of better content on the local television or via the Internet, and whether they can do their shopping or arrange for tickets online, can have a direct effect on the benefits which members of society derive from ICT. However, ICT does present potential damages which may exert a negative influence. The same is true if one assumes technology will solve all social problems (although problem solving may often be related to technological change in one way or another). We need to be guided by the principles that the adoption of the Internet within communities may not make any sense to the laymen unless there is a benefit for them to use and eventually, pay for such services.
 
However, in order for the communities to recognize the benefits for a ubiquitous digital lifestyle or ecosystem, there must be a sense of belonging. As such, in designing a digital lifestyle ecosystem, very often what matters the most is relevance and buy-ins. However, the situation is not as simple as just asking the laymen about what they want from ICT. Very often, the benefits can only be ascertained after the ecosystem exists when the masses can begin to appreciate it. In the sense, the philosophy behind most macro-economic planners is still apt - supply has to come before demand. The planners have to create the platform first to test out the relevance and get the buy-ins. Change comes slowly but in a sense, if there are greater concerted efforts to promote the adoption of ICT services which can only come with public private sector collaboration, change will happen in a sustainable manner.

Competing Internationally Using ICT through the Increased of Productivity and Sustainability

Reality strikes us in a sense that in the competitive world of business and free market economies, we need to design a Digital Lifestyle system which discourages complacency, and more importantly, facilitates increased productivity and sustainability. Looking from the viewpoint of a typical small or medium-sized corporation, trying to increase productivity using ICT very often does not come free of charge as a business case has to be defined before there is a willingness to spend the investment amount on ICT services.
 
However, in many instances, investment into ICT services may be a case of short term savings versus long term benefits. This is where if the initial costs factor seems to be the main stumbling block, the government may play a role in facilitating a Digital Lifestyle ecosystem which enables the participation of the masses, thus creating the economies of scale. Although sustainability of the ecosystem becomes the next biggest issue for whatever the initial capital expenditure required for building the Digital Lifestyle ecosystem, it still remains usually a one-time investment but the success or failure of the project very often lies in whether the local business communities accept and use the system to maintain its sustainability.

Boosting Economic Growth

Economic growth using ICT as an enabler seems to be one of the best value propositions which transcends across race, religion or creed. Growth can be sustainable if we can add value to the extent where there is further contribution towards the Gross National Income or GNI. Therefore MCMC’s priorities would be to determine or ascertain key economically value added growth areas, which will then be the basis for building up our key Digital Lifestyle ecosystems.
 
As the nation moves into the constantly changing and dynamic world of ICT, what remains important to realise is that the economic growth can only be sustained if it incorporates private sector participation. As such, SKMM’s role is in facilitating the growth of, in tandem with the NKEAs identified by PEMANDU, a few mega-ecosystems including transport and logistics, agriculture and telecommunications which will be the focal pillars for development into digital lifestyle ecosystems. In this respect, the cooperation of the relevant government agencies is often seen as the key ingredient to ensure success of such facilitation process.

Enabling Higher Income for the Population

If the above objective of increasing productivity and economic growth comes into being, higher income may be a natural consequence. The question is how best to develop a digital lifestyle ecosystem where those who benefit most and enjoy higher incomes would be those that succeed in living, breathing and experiencing the new lifestyle, ensuring them not only a better living but also a more sustainable cash flow to afford new ICT services and content. In this manner, it would encourage by example those left behind to catch up and not remain behind.
 
We are mindful that notwithstanding the need to build these digital lifestyle ecosystems in the urban areas, there is an equally urgent need to deliver suitable sustainable ecosystems in the sub-urban and rural areas as well. Higher income will come about in a natural manner. If we take the purchasing power parity into consideration, and factorise the costs of living discrepancies between rural and urban, ICT remains one of the best enablers to bridge the digital divide.

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