Ismail Sabri urges continuation of Mara Digital project


Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the Mara Digital project will encourage Bumiputera youth's involvement in IT entrepreneurship. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 16, 2022.

PRIME Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has instructed Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) to continue with the Mara Digital project to open more opportunities for Bumiputera youth to get involved as information technology (IT) entrepreneurs. 

He said several Mara Digital centres had been established so far in Shah Alam (Selangor), Kuantan (Pahang), and Ipoh (Perak), while other places that have been identified as locations are Larkin (Johor), Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu), Kota Baru (Kelantan), Kuching (Sarawak), and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah).

Ismail said that when Pakatan Harapan took over as government following the 2018 general election, the Mara Digital initiative was shut down and new projects were discontinued. 




“Mara Digital is very close to my heart. I came up with it to develop Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the field of IT and gadgets, whether in terms of selling products, repairing (equipment) and others,” he said in a post on Facebook tonight. 

Earlier, the prime minister made a surprise visit to Mara Digital Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by Rural Development Minister Mahdzir Khalid. 

“Praise be to God, during the visit, the traders informed me they are still able to do business because sales are increasing, but (they) need support from Mara in terms of promotion, loan assistance, and rental rate reduction, among others,” he said. 

The launch of Mara Digital as a telecommunications and IT equipment sales centre in 2015 was spearheaded by Ismail, who was then rural and regional development minister. – Bernama, August 16, 2022.