Malaysia develops AI code for ethics and governance

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FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim attends the 26th ASEAN-China Summit at the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 6, 2023. Yasuyoshi Chiba/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) in Malaysia, in conjunction with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, along with representatives from government bodies, higher education institutions, and industry stakeholders, is actively engaged in the formulation of a set of ethical guidelines and governance principles for artificial intelligence (AI).

The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Chang Lih Kang, recently shared via a Facebook post on October 10th that these ethics and governance standards are slated to serve as the foundation for AI regulation within the country and are anticipated to be finalised by the upcoming year. He further mentioned that the ministry is in the process of evaluating the necessity of establishing a legal framework and enacting an AI Act.

In the latest session of the Dewan Rakyat, the Lower House of Parliament, there were discussions concerning the supervision of the AI technology. Given the intricate nature of AI and the aspects involved in its control and oversight, which encompass technical, legal, ethical, policy, and standardisation dimensions, Malaysia will work to address these issues.


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