The government wants small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to be more radical in enhancing their digital technology skills to be on par with their peers in developed countries. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed made the call after finding there are SMEs that do not understand the technology and hence failed to benefit from it. “There are SMEs that are knowledgeable, efficient and ready in e-commerce, but there are also those that have not realised its relevance. Therefore, exposure (to the technology) will be increased,” he said. “It is time we changed radically in terms of lifestyle, implementation method and strategy in line with the current digital world,” he said.
Datuk Seri Mustapa said SMEs armed with digital technology are more dynamic in expanding their business operations and optimising productivity. Citing an example, he noted that the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority’s (FAMA) online marketing platform, Agrobazaar Online, recorded encouraging sales throughout the Movement Control Order period.
He noted that the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is actively promoting digital technology, including through online courses, to enhance the operations, productivity and competitiveness of SMEs.