KUALA LUMPUR: Changing to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been the hallmark of economic development in Malaysia, especially in the last three decades, said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha.
“By making it possible to manage vast quantities of information, ICT is transforming every sector of the Malaysian economy.
“From manufacturing to services, transportation, health care, education and even the government sector,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Sun Microsystems’ Sun Tech Days 2006-2007: A Worldwide Developer Conference on Wednesday.
It is the first time such an event was being held in Malaysia, and about 1,500 local and regional delegates attended the two-day conference.
Also present was Sun Microsystems Inc. vice president James Gosling, better known as “The Father of Java”, who delivered a keynote address.
Kong added: “As Malaysia shifts towards a knowledge-based economy, the availability of highly skilled and productive workers is critical in enhancing work and economic performance.”