In the 21st century, technology is the key enabler of economic progress and development. Unfortunately, a big part of the global technology landscape is dominated by the Big Tech companies based in the United States – the Googles, Facebooks, the Apples and the Amazons.
These companies run global empires that cover the entire world. Their revenues are measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars and their companies collectively worth trillions of dollars.
However, the critical question for us – the underdeveloped South East Asian nations is very simple.
“Why should Malaysia, and the rest of South East Asia be mere consumers?”
If there is one thing that Trump has shown is that he puts America First and is willing to go to fight the rest of the world to protect American interest. Now, for a long time we knew that the previous leadership in Malaysia did not have the country’s interest at hand and Malaysians have kicked him out of office, and possibly heading to the gaol.
However, right now if there is one thing people can be confident of is that Tun Dr Mahathir is a “right thinking” leader who is willing to evaluate new ideas. More importantly, Tun is passionate about seeing the country develop and the progress of the Malaysian economy. And lastly, Tun is one of those special kind of leaders who immediately commands respect throughout the region.
And so what The Rembau Times proposes is that for Tun Dr Mahathir to spearhead a co-operation of South-South Nations (“SSN”) communities of the world to fight for technological independence. This means that these countries should own their own technology stack of the future. For example, through a smart partnership with China, the SSN could develop their own search engine, social networking application and e-commerce platforms.
Government’s could collectively ban Google and Facebook from their countries in favour of a SSN led local solution. This will ensure that the SSN countries will be able to achieve technology independence in the future through the innovation provided by a captive market of about 1 billion individuals.