Chief Minister to table Sarawak Mulitimedia Authority Bill at the coming State Assembly session

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg being briefed on an ICT setup at the Swinburne University of Technology. Seen from right are State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Ghani, Education, Science and Tehnological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin and Swinburne University vice chancellor Professor Janet

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg will table a Bill to establish a Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) at the State Assembly this November.

He said SMA will to regulate the development of ICT infrastructure and digital economy utilisation in the state.

“Under the proposed SMA, the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation will be established to coordinate all digital economy initiatives including infrastructure, e-government, e-commerce, talent development and cyber security,” he said at the launch of Big Day In Sarawak at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus here.

The chief minister also witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Swinburne University and Australian Computers Society for collaboration in areas of ICT development and adaption of IT and its related fields in the industry in the state.

Abang Johari said Sarawak will have to be on par with the rest of the world in the latest regulations and registration in respect of multimedia development.

He added the state needs to deploy its cyber defence system against cyber attacks.

“In other words, we need a lot of people who are experts in cyber security and this is a new discipline and I hope that institutions of higher learning, including Swinburne University, will have a programme for us to produce cyber security experts in order to defence our cyber system,” the chief minister said.

He said this is very important as disrupted technology can crack whatever information that Sarawak have.

“This is the purpose of defending our information and the uses of our technology, we have to have experts as well who can monitor any attack that in our way,” he said.

He said while establishing a digital economy for Sarawak may be a long and challenging journey, he is confident that with the support of business and industry, institutions of higher learning such as Swinburne, and professional bodies, each contributing their areas of expertise, Sarawak will be able to achieve its goal of a digital economy.

He urged young people to have an understanding of the importance and impact of digital technology on people’s life so that they could plan ahead for their career.

“We have seen for the past many years how travel, retail, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare and banking have been transformed by information and communication technology (ICT),” he said, adding that this transformation is continuing at breakneck speed, and it appears unstoppable.

He added th ongoing adoption of digitization of content and software–driven services by consumers, enterprises and governments has made ICT a pivotal economic driver for growth and job creation.

“This is a fact that cannot be denied,” he