Malaysia's Digital Economy Adviser
BEIJING, Nov 4 — China’s internet tycoon Jack Ma has been appointed as the Malaysia’s Digital Economy Adviser, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced today.

Najib made the announcement when launching the Alitrip Malaysia Tourism Pavilion, an e-commerce platform for tourism, here Friday.

Ma, who is founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, had paid a courtesy call on Najib and spent about half an hour with the prime minister before both of them adjourned to the launching ceremony.

Earlier, Treasury Secretary-General Mohd Irwan Serigar said the Alibaba Group’s billionaire founder could be appointed to national digital councils.

“We will discuss with him about bringing his ideas, and there’s also talk about appointing him to the digital councils in Malaysia,” Mohd Irwan was quoted as saying.

Saying the digital economy would become the new “in thing”, he added that China-Malaysia cooperation would benefit Malaysia’s economy and development.

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