Full e-government by 2008, says Aziz
The Borneo Post - Sunday, 11 August 2002

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KUCHING: The State civil service aspires to provide all its services through Information Technology by 2008, State Secretary Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said yesterday. "In other words, we hope to achieve a full e-government administration by then.

"This does not mean that all dealings will be done through computers or the Internet, they will still be a lot of businesses that require face to face meeting," he said at a ceremony to mark the Civil Service Day here yesterday.

For those who are not using ICT (information and communications technology) fully, Aziz said traditional government services, particularly those in rural areas would be improved and continued.

He added that the ongoing modernisation of the civil service could be felt with the usage of ICT facilities, especially with the Sarawak net and email used by officers daily. "Over 100 applications have been developed for use by the State government agencies by SAINS, a wholly-owned government subsidiary. "This vision is very apt as by 2010, when the majority of society use IT in their work and daily life, a cyber society full of challenges will come into being," said Aziz.

He further pointed out that the civil service would continue to strive to take the leading role and provide the drive for the people to achieve this goal in the near future. All this, Aziz noted, involved pragmatic changes to the structure, system of recruitment in the civil service, creation of a good working environment and providing motivation programme and effective incentives. "It also calls for changes in terms of work processes which demand excellent performance, high professionalism but at the same time, adopt noble principles and high values," he said.

Aziz said this bold move was necessary to leap frog the standards of management and leadership as well as the followership in the civil service. He said this would lengthen the stride for every step toward achieving the country's vision and that of the Prime Minister by the year 2020.