Multimedia centre for State if there's foreign players
Sarawak Tribune  8 September 2003, Monday  

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MIRI - Multimedia centre will only be set up in the state if there are enough foreign parties showing interest in the project.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George Chan Hong Nam said this after officiating at Fei Yen Charity Concert at Miri Civic Centre here last Saturday evening.

Chan was interviewed by the media on whether a multimedia centre would be set up in the state following the success of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) at Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur.

"Sarawak will work out something to compliment MSC, however in order to start establishing it, we need to have enough interested group because it would be of no point to set up the centre without the participation of interested expertise," he added.

He disclosed that at the moment, a joint-venture company had shown an interest to set up such centre in the state, but more interested groups were still needed, especially those involved in the fast-moving science and technology fields in order to ensure continuous success behind the achievement enjoyed by the MSC at Cyberjaya.

Chan also revealed that Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus had been given the green light to obtain grant from the government for research and development (R&D) projects that it had actively carried out.

He was asked to comment on the relaxed rules and regulations governing universities and the use of government funds for research and development purposes in order to facilitate greater university-industry co-operation in the information and communication technology (ICT) and to give researchers more freedom to work independently.

"Curtin Sarawak Campus has carried out and initiated R&D projects, where the basic is to train engineers, who are supported by the government.

"Hence, the university has been given the green light to apply directly to the federal government for the funding of R&D projects it carried out," said Chan.

The amount allocated, he added, would depend on the project.