Cybersecurity and Digital Trust
The digital future is now. The digital economy of Southeast Asia is poised to reach USD$1 trillion in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) by 2030 (Bain, 2021). The region has more than 440 million internet users and more than 80% of them are digital consumers (i.e. purchased at least one service). The digital economy is expected to contribute to 22.6% of Malaysia’s GDP and create over 500,000 jobs by 2025 (EPU, 2021). However, the rise of digitalisation has been accompanied by increased cyberattacks. Despite being ranked top 10 in the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Global Cybersecurity Index (2020), Malaysia is very vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Malaysia on ASEAN and Myanmar - Witnessing the Rebirth of Malaysia as a Regional Power
Recently, the Foreign Ministry has been caught in a fiery position over minister Saifuddin Abdullah’s statements in calling out the failure to include the UN Special Envoy to Myanmar in the Asean consultative meeting on humanitarian assistance to Myanmar.
The remarks were fueled even more by Myanmar’s military junta condemning Malaysia for lobbying Asean nations to engage with the ousted but democratically elected government rather than the military junta.
Based on the response made, Malaysia has taken a strong stance by engaging the ousted National Unity Government (NUG), lobbying Asean nations to engage with NUG, calling out the atrocities committed by the junta at various levels and many more.
This advocate-leadership has been the main facet of how we view Malaysia’s foreign policy on Myanmar, subsequently hinting that Malaysia’s middlepowermanship strategy is on track to revitalise its presence as a regional power in democracy and human rights.
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