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Malaysia formally embraces Open Document Format

By Lynn Tan, ZDNet Asia
Monday, August 13, 2007 09:15 PM

The Malaysian government today announced plans to adopt open standards and the Open Document Format (ODF) within the country's public sector.

The Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) last week issued a tender for a nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards in its information communications technology (ICT) deployment. The study will also look into how the Malaysian public sector should migrate to open standards and the ODF, according to the Malaysia Open Source Software Alliance (MOSSA).

"The decision taken has been deliberated carefully for a considerable amount of time, and much thought process has been put into it," Nor Aliah Mohd. Zahri, ICT deputy director general at MAMPU, said in a statement.

"These discussions centered on open formats, particularly as they relate to office documents, their importance for the current and future accessibility of government…

Malaysia's schools get

By Victoria Ho, ZDNet Asia
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 07:20 PM

The Malaysian government has unveiled plans to roll out in schools across the nation--a move that will affect some 300,000 PCs.

Announced Wednesday by the chief minister of the state of Terengganu, the initiative will see all 467 schools in the Malaysian state using the open source office suite from January next year.

Some 100 schools in the state are already using, after the first phase of deployment began in January this year, according to a statement from the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). MAMPU is a government agency that was set up to study the feasibility of implementing open source software in the public sector.

The decision was made based on case studies of other government agencies in the country, which have had successful implementations, Khairil Yusof, a MAMPU spokesperson, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview.

Noting that increased security…

ICT Penting Demi Majukan Daerah Tertinggal

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Tarian Penyambutan di Papua (hayid/detik)

Papua - Dirjen Postel Basuki Yusuf Iskandar mengaku sangat antusias jika diminta membuka akses teknologi komunikasi informasi (ICT) di daerah terpencil. Ia yakin peran ICT sangat penting untuk memajukan daerah tertinggal.

"Peran ICT sangat penting untuk kegiatan belajar dan mengajar. Dengan adanya akses internet, peluang daerah untuk mengejar ketertinggalan terbuka luas," ujarnya usai memberikan donasi komputer dan akses internet di 12 sekolah di Papua bersama XL di Sentani, Papua, Rabu (20/8/208).

Ia berpendapat, minimal diperlukan tiga langkah untuk memajukan daerah melalui ICT, yakni ketersediaan akses telekomunikasi dan internet dengan tarif kompetitif, kualitas layanan yang bisa diandalkan, serta pembentukan karakter sumber daya manusia.

Basuki berterimakasih atas bantuan komputer dan akses internet. "Internet hanya alat, punya dua sisi, baik dan buruk. Jadi, peran pendidikan sangat penting untu…