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Najib: Embrace digital lifestyle and technology

TRANSFORMATION: It will take nation to a new level of success, he says
KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA'S future in the digital age is dependent on how it develops, nurtures and harnesses the benefits of information technology.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the way people did business, travelled, got an education and governed was undergoing rapid transformation because of technology.
Speaking at the Digital Lifestyle Malaysia and Broadband Empowered Entrepreneur Awards presentation yesterday, Najib said the nation had benefited from the strategic planning and strong leadership of a long line of visionary leaders who were quick to seize opportunities to give strategic competitive advantages.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak presenting an award to Zaidi Awang during the Broadband Empowered Entrepreneur Awards 2013 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. On Najib’s right is Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek. Pic by Yazit Razali
"I firmly believe that digital technology and embracing a digital lifestyle will take this nation to a new level of success, prosperity and global recognition."
The government remained committed to reducing the digital divide among Malaysians in rural or urban areas.
"In 2009, the household broadband penetration stood at 21 per cent. In less than four years, we increased this to 67 per cent."
He added that with the mass adoption of the new digital lifestyle, there was now concern about being safe online.
"Parents should take the responsibility and educate their children on being extra careful when they go online, just like how we nurture and educate our children on how to behave and to be good citizens."
Najib presented awards to eight outstanding online entrepreneurs.
They were Zamri Wahid for www. zamri-tukangparang.blogspot. com; Saiful Isa for www.renjersungai.blogspot.com; Zaidi Awang for www.bshteguh.blogspot.com; Kabilah Abdul Hassan for www.kabilahabdhassan.blogspot.com; Rapeah Hassan for www.peahsemprit.wordpress.com; Hiral Doshi for www.zenithdivas.com.my; Noor Aishah Ariffin for www.kraftkaki.blogspot.com; and Maryanne Low for www.thepoplook.com.
The awards, introduced for the first time this year, recognise their achievements in transforming their conventional businesses by doing business online.
Later, launching Perodua's Gala Raya open house in conjunction with the company's 20th anniversary in Rawang, Najib announced that the public could expect more affordable car models from Perodua next year.
He noted that Perodua currently exported 10,000 cars a year and had great potential to expand internationally.
Perodua chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said Perodua would be investing RM2.3 billion in the next four years on a new factory and to improve services.

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