MBKS wins best govt website competition
Borneo Post - Thursday, 19 December 2002
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KUCHING: The Kuching City South Hall (MBKS) website, www.mbks.gov.my, has won the first prize in the second annual Best State Government Agency Websites Competition 2002.

The win was an outstanding feat considering that it beat 81 others to the top prize of an event aimed at encouraging all State government agencies to set up and maintain websites professionally.

Organised by the ICT Unit of the Chief Minister's Department, the local authority along with other winners of the competition had received their prizes from State Secretary Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain on Tuesday evening.

In second place was the Ministry of Industrial Development's (MID) website, www.mid.sarawak.gov.my and in third place was the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) at www.sarawak.gov.my.

MBKS received RM3,000 for the first prize, while MID and DUN received RM2,500 and RM2,000 respectively. They each also received a trophy.

Making it into the final six of the competition were also the General Administration and Human Resource Division of the Chief Minister's Department, the Natural Resources and Environment Board and Perbadanan Stadium Negeri Sarawak. They each received a consolation prize of RM 1,000.

DUN's webmaster, Bujang Abdul Wahab, also became the first to receive the Best Webmaster Award of the competition. He won RM1,000 and a trophy. All qualified entrants of the competition were registered with the ICT Unit.

Aziz said the State government had decided to hold the annual competition to show its commitment to the development of websites by all its agencies as an important channel for them to communicate with their customers, be them the local public or international investors or tourists.

Hoping to see a greater participation among agencies next year, he urged the agencies to ensure that their websites were always up-to-date and relevant, containing the latest information.

"If it is not up-to-date it may reflect badly on the quality of service provided by the department," said Aziz.

Meanwhile, ICT Unit director William Patrick Nyigor said he was pleased with the response of the agencies on website development.