Photo - Woon Tai Hai, Chairman, PIKOM [National ICT Association of Malaysia]
The National ICT Association of Malaysia, PIKOM, has welcomed the new cabinet announced by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak following the recent general elections though it has continued to call for a single ministry to guide the ICT industry in the country.
PIKOM chairman Woon Tai Hai said in a media statement that "PIKOM views positively the restructuring of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry. We continue to look forward to a single ministry that will place IT and Communications under a single ministry as there was significant overlap between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture in the previous Cabinet."
"We look forward to building a closer rapport and collaboration with Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and Dato' Seri Ahmed Shabery Cheek, incoming Minister of Communications and Multimedia," said Woon, who added that the new cabinet line up was a mix of "experience and new blood with an injection of technocrats and professionals that will serve as the executive arm of government for the next five years."
"We would also like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, especially outgoing Minister Dato' Seri Dr Maximus
Johnity Ongkili and Deputy Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, whose support and dedication to the development of the ICT industry are unparalleled," he said. "As they take on new responsibilities within the Cabinet, I am sure they will bring the same vigour and enthusiasm to bear. We wish them well in their endeavours in their respective ministries."
As the industry body representing the ICT sector, PIKOM looks forward to closer interaction with the new Cabinet, said Woon, adding that PIKOM would continue to champion the local ICT industry to play its part in transforming Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020 with the industry association's five-year-plan and blue print.
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