In terms of national rating, he said the
State’s usage of science and technology ranked seven out
He reckoned the State rating on the same
usage would be within the scale of six to ten. “We are not
too far. A lot of programmes pertaining to science and technology
development here have been carried out in the past five
“We only need to keep up the momentum and,
at the same time, focus on e-community programmes to bridge
the digital gap at district levels,” he said to reporters
after launching the State-level Science and Technology Month
at Wisma Muis, here Tuesday.
Compared to other states, Dr Maximus said
Sabah was doing reasonably well in terms of keeping track
with the latest technology development, acknowledging the
availability of technology facilities and implementation
of promotional efforts at school and community levels.
“The public sector here is also keeping
up with the technology, including practising the e-government
in their work,” he said.
Dr Maximus said the Government was targeting
to have more computer literacy training for district councils,
native chiefs, village chiefs and Village Development and
Security Committee chairmen as they were considered pivotal
in encouraging children not to be fearful of computers.
In comparison to Selangor and Penang, he
said the State had the potential to be the next front-liner
in the aspect of technology and information databank usage.
“We are quite at the forefront except for
the utilisation of the technology facilities which need
to be upgraded at the community level to bridge the digital
gap, especially in rural areas.
“The National IT Council has even done some
relevant programmes supported by the Rural Development Ministry,
and at State level, we have the State IT Council which is
making a similar effort,” he said.
According to him, the Information Technology
(IT) Development Unit will conduct a lot more IT literacy
programmes in rural areas to encourage usage of IT at community
level through district offices and libraries.
At school level, Dr Maximus pointed out
that the usage of IT in rural areas is quite low and that
this would have to be monitored and increased.
“Some primary schools in rural areas which
have been provided with ten computers and six LCDs, surprisingly,
do not have computer labs and those schools that have computer
labs, are left unused.
“So this is where the Parents and Teachers
Associations (PIBG) come into the picture by playing an
important role to bridge the digital gap at community and
school level in both urban and rural areas.
“We suggest the computer facilities be shared
among the PIBG members and the local residents. They could
learn to use the computer facilities in the weekends for
mutual benefit and other basic computer applications,” he
Earlier, Dr Maximus said the objective of
the Science and Technology Month programme was to give exposure
to all students in primary and secondary schools about the
latest developments in science and technology.