Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nizar to honour ICT blueprint - Star

IPOH: Aug 5, 2008

Perak’s Pakatan Rakyat government will honour the ICT blueprint launched by the previous Barisan Nasional government.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said:

“We will stick to the policy. We are not amending the blueprint because it is in tune and in line with the Malaysian cybercentre in Cyberjaya.

“We believe the blueprint is practical, and the same blueprint is used in other centres in the whole country.

“So the existing government will honour the blueprint,” Nizar saod.

He was speaking to reporters after opening a seminar yesterday to promote MSC Malaysia status among ICT companies in Perak.

The Pakatan government had reportedly said in June that it was reviewing the ICT blueprint launched by the Barisan government three years ago.

Nizar also witnessed the exchange of four memorandums of understanding.

They were between KPerak INC Corporation and Emagin Sales Network Sdn Bhd to set up an international contact centre facility as well as a centre of excellence for outsourcing at Meru Raya here, between KPerak INC and Go Academy Sdn Bhd to set up a 3D animation production centre, and between PCB Development Sdn Bhd and Info Nanjung Sdn Bhd to build an ICT hub at Meru Raya.

Nizar also said that 11 companies and two institutions of higher learning in Perak had been awarded MSC status, and five companies were in the process of obtaining it.

MSC Malaysia Cybercities general manager Ng Wan Peng, who was at the event, said that more that 2,000 local and foreign companies at cybercentres nation-wide had received MSC status.

The country, she said, was now in the second phase of the MSC initiative covering 2004 to 2010; the third covers 2011 to 2020.

It is estimated that by 2010, MSC Malaysia would have created at least 100,000 jobs for skilled and knowledgeable workers, she added.

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