KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is aligning its approach to artificial intelligence (AI) governance with emerging regulatory models, coinciding with the growing global call for effective governance, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
He said the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) is bolstering the AI ecosystem foundation covering governance, platforms, talent and acculturation.
“This includes the development of guidelines for the responsible use of AI and a code of ethics and governance.
“Ethical concerns surrounding AI have gained global prominence and in Malaysia, the government’s consideration of a regulatory framework for AI is a crucial step toward the ethical use of this technology,” he said when opening the UK-MY Artificial Intelligence Conference 2023 co-organised by Mosti and the British High Commission here yesterday.
He said the advent of AI is not only a disruptor but also a creator of new job opportunities which requires reskilling and upskilling initiatives, BK reported.
In response to this, the Malaysian government is taking proactive steps to build a strong foundation ensuring that the workforce can meet the industry’s demand for AI across various sectors, he said.
Fadillah said through Mosti, a series of town hall sessions with industry leaders are being organised to facilitate reskilling and upskilling programmes and these efforts aim to transform the existing workforce’s skills and to adapt to the evolving requirements of AI technology.
On the UK-MY Conference 2023, he said the event underscores the importance of strategic collaboration between Malaysia and the United Kingdom in science, technology and AI.
He is optimistic that the conference will serve as a platform and an excellent avenue to seek support and establish connections.
UK-MY AI 2023 will be a catalyst for positive transformation for AI in Malaysia and chart new paths towards broader market access, he added.