Big data can help improve services, councils told

Ismail (right)trying out the GIS kiosk after its launch. With him is Murad (second from right).

MELAKA: Local authorities in Melaka need to make more efforts to develop big data to ensure they provide the best services to the public.

Melaka housing, local government and environment committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman said the development was crucial not only for local authorities, but also for the state government as it will assist them in various sectors.

Big data are very large sets of data that can be analysed in depth to study patterns, trends, behaviours, interactions and relationships.

“Local authorities are the closest branch of the government to the people, so it is vital for them to develop this big data,” Ismail said.

Earlier, he attended the Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ) monthly assembly and launched the Geography Information System (GIS) kiosk. Also pressent was MPHTJ president Datuk Murad Husin

Melaka has four local authorities, namely MPHTJ, Melaka Historic City Council, Jasin Municipal Council and Alor Gajah Municipal Council.

Meanwhile, Murad said the GIS kiosk was developed by MPHTJ, at a cost of RM50,000, and is located on the second floor of the two-storey complex in Ayer Keroh.

It can be accessed for free to obtain various information such as review of land use status, including non-Muslim graves in Sungai Putat, rental of stalls and assessment tax.

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