THE Pahang government has set up a working committee to draft a masterplan and make recommendations on areas which can be developed as cyber centres and a cyber city.
State Publicity, Information, Communication and Technology Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said the committee members comprised representatives of related government agencies, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) and the Multimedia Super Corridor management.
The committee will see to it that the states cyber industry progresses smoothly.
They will also make recommendations on suitable locations for cyber technology, and the state will make its decision based on their findings, he said in Kuantan on Friday.
He added that the state preferred one of its subsidiaries to develop the cyber industry project.
We will give priority to Pahang residents to take part in the industry, he said, adding that the state strongly believed in giving equal chances to locals to move ahead.
Mohd Sharkar said that efforts were being made to invite local companies with expertise in ICT to join the state in developing the cyber industry.
He said, as of October this year, a total of 235 people including 115 village safety committee members had undergone courses in ICT to ensure those in rural areas were not left behind in information technology.
There are 75 villages involved in the ICT programme and 75 computers have been installed in libraries, government clinics and information centres, he said.
Mohd Sharkar also said that 489 primary schools and 169 secondary schools were involved in Internet-related programmes as part of efforts to make the national IT agenda a success.