Sarawak to launch new apps for public


Abang Johari (in dark blue shirt) joining in a wefie with youths at the forum.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will roll out its big-data analytic application next April, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The system will incorporate state-level data for starters, before expanding its system to include data from the Federal agencies once they receive the green light from Putrajaya.

“For a start, Sarawak big-data system will store information from the state government department and agencies.

“We will negotiate with our Federal counterpart in the future once they have sorted their own big-data application.

“With government information incorporated into one main data hub, access will be easier.

“The extraction or analysis of data will be faster and more efficient as information will no longer be kept in silos in various agencies and departments,” he told reporters after the Tegas Youth Forum 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre here.

The event, organised by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), featured talks on topics relating to transforming Sarawak through digital economy.

The forum attracted about 2,000 students from schools and higher learning institutions.

Abang Johari said the state would soon launch its online payment system, to be called Sarawak Pay, after it was approved by Bank Negara recently.

He explained that the system would focus on government services as well as transactions with business premises under the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation for its pilot project.

The system will also include payment options for local government services such as property assessment tax.

“We have just received the approval from Bank Negara to create this app, where payment can be made digitally.

“As a start, this system will be implemented and tested in Kuching before we roll it out statewide,” he said.

The state is working with Chinese multinational company Huawei to develop the digital payment system, or the e-wallet, to enhance the state’s development of financial technology.

In the long run, Abang Johari envisions plans to link the system with Indonesia, Thailand and even China to expand its services.

Touching on the state’s RM1bil allocation to develop its high-speed Internet infrastructure, the chief minister said he would announce a RM500mil allocation in the state’s 2018 Budget at the legislative assembly sitting scheduled next month, to begin implementing the first phase of the project.

He is expected to announce another RM500mil next year for the subsequent stages of the project.

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