Terengganu keen to learn from SMA on its role, efforts in implementing Sarawak’s digitalisation policy

Mohamad Irtidzar (second left) presenting a souvenir to Ariffin (second right) after the briefing by SMA at SMA CHIC in Kuching today while Carolineson (left) and Secretary of Terengganu’s Information Technology Development body Nuzulnisa Barudin@Kamarudin (right) look on.

KUCHING, June 23: Terengganu is keen to learn from Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) how it has assisted in the Sarawak government’s efforts to implement the State’s digitalisation policy.

According to SMA in a statement today, Terengganu’s Tourism, Culture and Digital Economy executive committee (exco) chairman Ariffin Deraman said they are well aware that Sarawak is well advanced in the digital economy as it has the budget to implement the policy (as per SMA Ordinance).

“On our part, we have tried to set up an entity similar to SMA but it is taking too much time to enact the law. So we have set up a company, namely the Terengganu Joint Digital Intelligent Development Sdn Bhd (TAJDID), which functions like SMA,” said Ariffin after attending a briefing by SMA held at SMA Cultural Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC) here today.

He added that TAJDID has also set up two subsidiaries, namely Terengganu Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (TCOMM) to construct telecommunication structures in Terengganu, and Terengganu Digital 1303 (TD1303) as a digital village to empower its people to embrace digital economy.

Meanwhile, Ariffin said Terengganu is also keen to collaborate with Sarawak’s Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts to develop apps to promote tourism products, especially ecotourism.

“We would like to come back again to share knowledge with our counterparts in Sarawak,” said Ariffin.

Besides SMA, Ariffin and his delegates also visited Tegas’ Digital Village in Samajaya.

The Terengganu delegation was also briefed on SMA’s roles and functions, and the digital economy by acting head of Digital Economy Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit Carolineson Nosin, and on S Pay Global and e-wallet by Shia Yang. — DayakDaily