Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We remain focused on four key areas in which technology can and must benefit the future of humanity and our planet: Support inclusive economic growth, Protect fundamental rights, Create a sustainable future, and Earn trust. As part of Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative to empower the nation’s inclusive and sustainable economic growth, we have committed to equip an additional 1 million Malaysians with digital skills by the end of 2023 to enable them to thrive in a cloud and AI-enabled digital economy. To achieve this, we have joined forces with industry leaders and partners from the private and public sectors, nonprofit organizations, and education institutions, among others. As of August 2022, our skilling initiative has reached over 600,000 people of all socio-economic backgrounds including young adults, women, underserved communities, and people living with disabilities.
Our initiatives to bridge the digital divide include the digital upskilling of rural community entrepreneurs in Jeli, Kelantan. These entrepreneur increased their collective profits by 65% within 4 months We have also extended digital connectivity to rural communities in partnership with the Government of Malaysia through the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) with UiTM Holdings and AxiCom, by leveraging TV White Space (TVWS) technology. As a pilot project, the first TVWS technology was installed in Parit Sulong, Johor, bringing new hope and opportunities as local businesses and communities in the area.