Industry views sought over proposed board

CYBERJAYA: The proposed Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM) is under revision, and a taskforce from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) is slated to start surveying industry sentiment on the matter.

The move is intended to solicit feedback from the information and communications technology (ICT) community in the country to determine overall suitability and general acceptance on the establishment of the BCPM.

After the survey results are analysed, the draft Bill for the BCPM will be amended accordingly and tabled at Parliament for adoption. It could also mean that the BCPM may instead be formed through an industry-led initiative, or even abandoned altogether.

Currently, Mosti is spearheading the formation of the board, and is working with the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry Malaysia (Pikom), the Malaysian National Computer Confederation, and the academia.

Prof Zaharin Yusoff, a researcher with the computer science faculty at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, said the decisions were made on Thursday during an open discussion in Cyberjaya. Also among the attendees were industry players.

“The survey is intended to get a conclusive concensus from the industry so we can proceed with the next step,” he said during the discussion.

Mosti has set a deadline for the taskforce to present its recommendation to the Cabinet Committee on Human Capital Development, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, which is going to meet next month.

The survey period will be from May 28 till June 11, giving the ICT industry just over two weeks to register their thoughts on the proposed board.

A series of sessions aimed at increasing awareness of the BCPM among industry professionals and the public, will be held during the same period. These are scheduled to take place at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

For more information on BCPM or the survey, go to

A copy of the draft Bill was leaked online last year and caused an uproar within the ICT community.

Many concerns were raised, including what was described as the ambiguous language used in the draft; that the proposed Bill if passed into law would stifle innovation among Malaysians; and over the complexity of its implementation.

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