Country’s real term progress has stagnated in the last 10 years, says Anwar

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s “real term” progress has stagnated over the last 10 years, claims Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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The Port Dickson MP, who is also the chair of the Caucus on Reform and Governance Committee, said: “Other countries, like Indonesia, are growing at a faster pace, coming close to our level”.

“But we are making comparisons to countries like Somalia and Zimbabwe to satisfy ourselves,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the Human Capital Best Practices Conference at the Bangsar South Connexion Conference and Event Centre on Wednesday (Oct 16).

Anwar said he was promoting the Digital Native Agenda (DNA23) to complement the government’s effort in steering the nation towards the digital age.

According to Anwar, people must change their mindset in order to progress and succeed in the digital era.

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Rejecting artificial intelligence on spiritual grounds is akin to “going back to the jungle” he said.

“Some distinguished leaders in the government and players are resistant to change. Being stuck to traditional norm and normal way of doing things is an impediment to growth and success,” said Anwar.

Maslow Trainers and Consultants chief executive officer Datuk Dr Siraj Khan said teleworking, virtual offices and data analytics had taken industries by storm.

“Companies are now plunging head-first into the billows of technological advancement through digitalisation to enhance profitability through a radical yet comprehensive digital transformation of their current operating practices and processes,” he said.

This year’s conference theme was “Digital Journey to a Smart Organisation”. -The Star