2021 MCMC Research Symposium Series No.9

2021 MCMC Research Symposium Series No.9

Date: 1 December 2021, Wednesday
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The 2021 Research Symposium Series No. 9 has showcased and discussed selected MCMC funding within the series' thematic focus of "Towards An Inclusive Malaysia: Research Insigths on the Implications of Digital Communications on Society". The symposium featured the Cycle 1 2021 cohort of DSRG fund recipients against the backdrop of MCMC's efforts in delivering JENDELA targets and the wider national efforts at realising the Twelfh Malaysia Plan's (12MP) three key themes of re-sitting the economy, strengthening security, wellbeing and inclusivity as well as advancing sustainability. 

These key themes of the 12 MP which are aimed at generating shared prosperity, greater inclusivity and ultimately forging the way to sustainable growth and innovation for generations to come were elaborated in the symposium. 

Time Item
08.00 am - 08.30 am Participants' online waiting room opened
08.30 am - 08.45 am

Emcee's Address
Welcoming Address

  • Mr. Muhammad Razali Anuar
    Chief Corporate and International Officer,
    Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
08.45 am - 10.10 am Track 1 : How We Use Technology and Bolster Users' Resilience

The onset of Covid-19 and widespread disruption to work, economy an social interactions will have lasting implications in how we deliver information, leverage media platforms and how we approach media literacy, and mental resiliency. This session presents related work of technology use and its implications during the pandemic.


YBrs. Prof. Dr. Kiranjit Kaur
Faculty of Communication and Media Studies,
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Panel Members:
  • Dr. Suhaimee Saahar @ Saabar
    Universiti Teknologi MARA
    "Understanding the Perception and Engagement of Malaysian Public on COVID-19 related Public Service Announcements (PSAs) during the MCO Period"  (Slide Presentation)

  • Dr. Adlina Ariffin
    International Islamic University Malaysia
    "Investigating the Impact of Social Networks on Women Working from Home (WFH) in Alleviating Psychological Distress"  (Slide Presentation)

  • Dr. Mokhtarrudin Ahmad
    Multimedia University
    "Free-to-air channel: Uses and Gratifications of Users in Sabah"  (Slide Presentation)
Questions & Answers
10.10 am - 10.15 am Break
10.15 am -  11.15 am Track 2 : Achieving Digital Inclusivity for All


This section highligths reseach into MCMC initiatives to promote digital inclusion and highlights ongoing successes whilst focusing on potential ways forward to serve users better. 


YBhg. Prof. Dr. Sarjit Singh Darshan Singh
(An anthropologist specialising in minority studies and also serves on the Technical Panel of the DSRG)
Faculty of Human Ecology,
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Panel Members:
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tariq Zaman
    University of Technology Sarawak
    "An Impact Study of Pusat Internet Komuniti (PIK) and their Role in the Digital Inclusion of Community within the Pusat Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Residences"  (Slide Presentation)

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mazni Omar
    Universiti Utara Malaysia
    "An Impact Study of Malaysian ICT Volunteers (MIV) Programme"  (Slide Presentation)
Questions & Answers
11.15 am - 11.20 am Break
11.20 am - 01.00 pm Track 3 : Synthesizing Technical Competencies and Digital Policies

This session serves to highlight issues related to building technical capacity and capabilities and harmonising ICT policies.


YBrs. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramesh Nair
Accounting Research Institute,
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Panel Members:
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazleen Aris
    Universiti Tenaga Nasional
    "Mapping and Tracking of Malaysia's National Digital Policies and Plans vis-à-vis the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025(Slide Presentation)

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh
    HELP University
    "Recommendations for the Creation of a Governance Framework for the Protection of  Personal Data Used in the Development of AI Systems" (Slide Presentation)

  • Dr. Syarulnaziah Anawar
    Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
    "Security and Privacy Challenges of Big Data Adoption: A Case Study in the Telecommunications Industry" (Slide Presentation)

  • Dr. Fazlida Mohd Razali
    Universiti Teknologi MARA
    "Strengthening Information Security Management, Human Capital Capabilities and Technology Enhancement Towards Business Excellence: New Strategies for Post-COVID 19 Era"  (Slide Presentation)
Questions & Answers
01.00 pm - 01.05 pm Closing remarks
01.05 pm Session ends
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