KUCHING: The state government is fast becoming tech savvy with the implementation of various ICT services, said Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin.
Speaking during the official launch of the Sarawak ICT Expo at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here yesterday, he said that following the decision of the Federal Government to use ICT services to turn Malaysia into a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy, the state government has been on the right track thus far.
“The government has long been adopting a policy to place ICT as an important tool in making it more efficient and making the decision-making process more transparent,” said Manyin.
“I am proud to say that our efforts have borne fruit. We have succeeded in transforming the state government into one of the leading ICT users in the country.
“We have our own network, SarawakNet, which is the largest intranet in Malaysia and we have also developed cost-effective e-government portals,” he said.
Manyin also said that the digital divide between the rural and urban population was narrowing.
“To improve productivity, knowledge and communication, the state government is collaborating with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to bring ICT to rural areas by implementing telecommunications and broadband connectivity.
“So far, 34 community broadband centres offering high speed Internet broadband have been set up in 27 areas,” he said.
After his speech, Manyin participated in the soft launch of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s high-speed UniFi Internet service together with state Telekom general manager Abdul Rahim Mohd Ali, before being taken on a tour around the expo grounds by representatives of the Kuching Computer Business Association.