Google’s RM9.4 Billion Investment Sparks Digital Revolution in Malaysia: New Data Centre and Cloud Region to Drive Innovation and Job Growth

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Google to Invest RM9.4 Billion in Malaysia to Set Up Data Centre and Cloud Region

Google's RM9.4 Billion Investment Sparks Digital Revolution in Malaysia New Data Centre and Cloud Region to Drive Innovation and Job Growth
Google’s RM9.4 Billion Investment Sparks Digital Revolution in Malaysia New Data Centre and Cloud Region to Drive Innovation and Job Growth

Global tech giant Google has announced a significant investment of RM9.4 billion in Malaysia to establish its first data centre and Google Cloud region in the country. Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz revealed this groundbreaking development today.

Kuala Lumpur, May 30 – The investment is poised to create a substantial impact on Malaysia’s economy, with 26,500 new job opportunities expected to emerge across various sectors such as healthcare, education, and finance. This initiative is projected to generate a total economic impact valued at RM15.04 billion.

Accelerating Malaysia’s Digital Ambitions

Speaking on the investment, Minister Tengku Zafrul highlighted its alignment with Malaysia’s New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030), stating that it will significantly propel the nation’s digital ambitions forward. He emphasized that the establishment of the Google data centre and Google Cloud region in Greater Kuala Lumpur will empower both manufacturing and service-based industries to harness AI and other advanced technologies, thus enhancing their global competitiveness.

A Boost to Digital Skills and Innovation

Furthermore, Minister Tengku Zafrul welcomed Google’s commitment to fostering a robust talent ecosystem by facilitating the growth of digital skills, businesses, and careers in Malaysia. He expressed confidence that this collaboration and investment will expedite the country’s digital transformation journey, aligning with the Madani vision for a more prosperous and technologically advanced Malaysia.

Strategic Partnership for Innovation

Google’s President and Chief Investment Officer, Ruth Porat, emphasized that this investment builds upon the partnership between Google and the Malaysian government to advance the country’s “Cloud First Policy” and enhance cybersecurity standards. She hailed the collaboration as a pivotal step towards creating a supportive ecosystem for innovation and unlocking the potential of digital transformation in Malaysia.

Site Selection and Operational Scope

Sime Darby Property’s Elmina Business Park in Greater Kuala Lumpur has been selected as the site for the establishment of the data centre and cloud region. Once operational, Malaysia will join the ranks of 11 other countries where Google operates data centres, serving users globally.

The data centre will support Google’s flagship digital services such as Search, Maps, and Workspace, while also facilitating the delivery of AI benefits to users across Malaysia. The Google Cloud region, on the other hand, will provide high-performance, low-latency cloud infrastructure, analytics, and AI services to enterprises, startups, and public sector organizations, ensuring the highest standards of security and regulatory compliance.

Conclusion

Google’s monumental investment in Malaysia marks a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards becoming a digital powerhouse in the region. With the establishment of the data centre and cloud region, Malaysia is poised to accelerate its digital transformation, foster innovation, and drive economic growth for years to come.

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