SHAH ALAM: Cyberjaya has strayed from its original aim of being an information technology (IT) hub, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said today.
Instead, Azmin said, it has become a hub for property development.
“It has strayed from its original target. I agree. Cyberjaya is no longer like the Silicon Valley of the US,” he said in a forum organised by Sinar Harian here today.
Azmin was responding to a question on why, despite the available infrastructure and facilities, Cyberjaya had not become Malaysia’s “Silicon Valley”.
He said one of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s instructions to him was to relook Cyberjaya’s development in terms of attracting IT players to come to Malaysia again.
“We are looking into this because Malaysia cannot afford to fall behind in embracing new high-technology industries,” he said.
In preparation for the industrial revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), Azmin said there was a need to prepare the workforce by reskilling and upskilling them.
“They must be reskilled and upskilled. Then they will have new skills and talents and subsequently fulfil industry needs.
“Based on my experience in Selangor, we take an approach of moving from labour-intensive to one that is high-technology intensive. But before we can convince investors to place high-tech investments here, we need to prepare our workforce and make them skilled and talented.
“For instance, the aerospace industry in Sepang, Subang and Serendah. How can the industry hire local workers if they are not skilled?” he asked.
Responding to a question on Oktoberfest celebrations, the former Selangor MB said certain quarters had given the false impression that it was a beer festival.
“It is not a beer festival. It is an annual celebration for non-Muslims. We do not allow Muslims to get involved. That is why when we approved it, we imposed several conditions such as ones pertaining to security, and deploying enforcement officers to ensure no Muslims take part in such celebrations.
“That is the government’s policy, one that not only upholds Islam as the religion of the federation, but at the same time we do not prevent others from practising their own culture and religion, as long as it is done in a controlled manner, without any threat to the safety of the people,” he added.