connected ICT network by end of 2005
The Borneo Post - Thursday, 10 April, 2003
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The State government will be able to fully connect its information and
communication technology (ICT) network statewide by end of 2005.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George Chan said wireless
communications will also play a key role in connecting the government
administrative machinery. "This is the right way to go because we are
such a big state. When that time comes it will be much more affordable, it
is much easier for us to go to the rural areas," he told reporters
after the Geoinformation and Surveying Conference 2003 opening ceremony.
2005 we should be on target as by now we are only 50 percent
(connected)," said Dr Chan, who is also the chairman of the State
Information Technology and Resources Council (SITRC).
he admitted that the final stages of the implementation may prove to be
more challenging in the future, Dr Chan, however, was optimistic that it
would be on schedule.
in his speech, Dr Chan remarked that with the implementation of ICT in the
State Public Service at a fast rate, it was imperative that the rest of
the society followed suit.
vision is to connect to all government offices, regardless of their size
and location by the end of 2005. We are exploring various technologies in
order to achieve this," he said.
State has come a long way since it started using ICT 11 years ago in 1992
and soon established as SITRC in 1999.
"Today we have a reasonably ICTliterate public service.
Every State government office has computing facilities and most government
employees are able to use them," said Dr Chan.
In formation Systems Sdn Bhd has developed over 200 applications some of
which are adopted for use by some other states and the Federal government.
government has also implemented a statewide network called the SarawakNet
which has been extended to all districts in the State. SarawakNet also connects to all local authorities and by the
end of this year it will be linked to other State statutory bodies which
have not been connected yet.
The State government hopes that through such venture its Public Service can be turned into a knowledge-based service. Meanwhile the two-day conference with 200 registered participants is organised by the Institutions of Surveyors, Malaysia (Sarawak Branch) and ICT unit of the Chief Minister's Department. It will focus on the changing world and the impact of the ICT on the surveying profession.