THE Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), tasked with being the catalyst for the development of the country's information and communications technology (ICT) industry, would be expanding to several other states beginning next year.
Datuk Dr Mohamed Arif Nun, chief executive officer of the Multimedia Development Corp (MDC), which overlooks the MSC, said the expansion would link the MSC to incubator centres in Kulim High Technology Park in Kedah and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang.
The aim is to ensure that the MSC model is studied by other states as well, so that modernisation and progress can be enjoyed by all states and all levels of society, he said at the launch of the Baling-Sik ICT 2003 Carnival at Kuala Ketil Secondary School near Baling, Kedah on Tuesday.
His speech was read by MDC senior manager Najat Ahmad Marzuki.
Arif said MSC's achievement to date had been very encouraging, with the number of companies drawn to there totalling more than 900, including 59 international companies.
The figure has well exceeded the original target of 500 companies by the end of this year, he said.
Arif said prime applications from the MSC such as the Smart Schools, Telemedicine, and electronic government were also aimed at developing a modern and competitive Malaysia with knowledge of technology as part of the people's lifestyle.
He said the implementation of Smart Schools was also aimed at bringing about well rounded development for the country's youth, which would in turn produce knowledgeable workers with vision and who were well versed in information technology.
Arif said the government had recently announced plans to build 300 more Smart Schools in two years, adding to the 87 now.
He said the plan was to turn all Malaysian schools into Smart Schools by 2010. Bernama