MDEC should play facilitator role to reduce costs

  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

IT augurs well for the country that the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is generating the “multiplier effect” (StarBiz, June 10).

Is it possible for MDEC to be the facilitator cum coordinator to consolidate computerisation projects pertaining to software for the government and their agencies?

I know of some government-linked companies (GLCs) which purchased software where the licensing fee is very expensive. If they had a consolidator like MDEC to represent them, perhaps they could get a group or quantity discount, better services and cheaper charges from their vendor and associated partners.

I am suggesting that MDEC plays a bigger role to assist the government and related agencies to step into the digital era by making it more cost-effective.

Also, I would like to suggest that everyone in the team of any computerisation project be fully committed to ensure the success of the project.

My friend who once worked in a GLC told me that a chief executive officer approved the Information Technology department head’s leave application for a few weeks during the testing/parallel run stage of a major computer system upgrade that cost millions of ringgit.

This would be totally unheard of and unacceptable in the private sector.

If Datuk Lee Chong Wei can put his honeymoon on hold for years, I don’t see why some cannot put their holidays on hold for a few months to a year.


Shah Alam


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