SMA telecommunication process, procedure and guideline lab to cater to industry’s needs

Dr Zaidi (seated fourth left) and Steward (seated second left) having a group photo with the participants of the PPG Revision Lab.

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KUCHING, Aug 19: The Telecommunication Process, Procedure and Guideline in Sarawak (PPG) Revision Lab will foster a conducive and protective environment as well as to cater to the needs of the industry and the people’s well-being.

Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak said the Lab will contribute towards the success of Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 which includes data and innovation as part of its pillars.

“This lab is very crucial for all of us so that we have brainstorming session and share our ideas in order to find the best way to move forward so that we can provide better service delivery to the people.

“The feedback from the lab would be forwarded to the State Planning Authority (SPA) for further deliberation,” he said in his opening remarks of the PPG Revision Lab held at a hotel here yesterday (Aug 18).

The two-day lab was the result of recent visit made by some SMA officers to various states in Peninsular Malaysia to gather information regarding their respective PPGs and the best practices that may be incorporated in the revised PPG.

Meanwhile, the Lab’s organising chairman Steward Sayong who is also SMA’s Head of Licensing, Inspectorate and Enforcement Unit, explained that the lab was crucial as it provides the opportunity for the participants to identify existing processes and procedures in the current PPG that may be deregularise in order to foster a culture of service delivery excellence.

“Our objective is to spell out SMA’s primary role in leading the State to achieve a developed status by 2030, through PCDS 2030 and the Digital Economy Blueprint. In this way, what we need most is ease of doing business in order to attract more investors to Sarawak,” he said.

He also pointed out that the development of telecommunication infrastructure is regulated to ensure the planning, development and the implementation of the same laid out in a systematic way.

“The PPG which came to force on June 9, 2020 is the primary reference that set forth the entire prerequisites governing the development of telecommunication infrastructure in the State.

“This is line with the National Policy on Good Regulatory Practices (NGRP), regulatory impact assessment and reformation have to be executed periodically to ensure that the provisions in the PPG not only remained relevant but constantly driving service delivery excellency, social development, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability,” he added.

Steward also hoped that the lab would provide the opportunity for all the participants to come up with concrete and constructive recommendations in order to assist the State government to implement policies and the transformation initiatives in order to achieve a developed status by 2030.

The participants were from the State Attorney-General Office (SAG), Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication (MUT), Ministry of Public Health, Housing and Local Government (MPHLG), Land and Survey Department, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), Public Works Department Sarawak, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Sarawak and the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) Sarawak. — DayakDaily