Google has announced a $2bn investment to develop its first data centre and Google Cloud region in the country.

The new data centre will help power Google services such as Maps, Search and Workspace in Malaysia, while its cloud service is intended to support Malaysia’s private and public sector. 

In a statement posted on X, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim welcomed the investment and stated that Google’s investment was expected to add over 26,000 jobs to Malaysia’s economy by 2030. 

“In a virtual meeting with Google’s senior management last May 6, I emphasized that in addition to support for the use of AI in general, strategic cooperation should be focused on the fields of education, health and agriculture,” said Anwar. 

Anwar has previously pledged over $100bn towards developing Malaysia’s semiconductor industry, stating that he wanted to boost the country’s presence in the global chip supply chain. 

Malaysia was also the recent recipient of investment from Microsoft, which visited the country during a tour of Southeast Asia. 

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During a visit in early May 2024, Microsoft invested $2.2bn into cloud and AI infrastructure in Malaysia, including establishing a national AI Centre. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella committed to providing AI training to over 2.5 billion people in Southeast Asia during his trip.