to train 13,000 in ICT this year: Yee
KOTA KINABALU, August 5 (Daily Express)
-- The State Government aims to train 13,000 people including
teachers in information and communication technology (ICT)
skills and knowledge this year.
and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai
said this would be an increase from the 7,000 people they
managed to train throughout last year.
This is part
of the government's effort to achieve the country's ICT
development agendas or policies, he said at the launching
of the three-day Association of the Computer and Multimedia
Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM) PC Fair 2007 at Sabah Trade
Centre here Friday.
very much working hard towards the full implementation of
the country's ICT development policiesÉand in doing
so, we also need the continuous support from all those concerned
like Pikom and so on," said Yee.
were Pikom Chairman Lee Boon Kok, its Treasurer and PC Fair
2007 (II) organising committee chairman Low Wai Sun, as
well as Councillors Ralph Tay, Woon Tai Hai, Dave Chong
and Adviser Xavier Tan, among others.
expects more than 40,000 visitors during the second edition
of the PC Fair which is being held for the first time in
the city this year.
The fair is participated
by 46 exhibitors, the largest number yet compared to last
is significant, as it reflects a fast growing environment
which speaks highly of ICT awareness and adoption rate in
the State," said Lee.
"A new horizon
beckons here alongside expectations for an exponential growth
in ICT adoption, especially higher Internet access, broadband
subscription and greater PC penetration among households,"
he added, alluding to Malaysian Communication and Multimedia
Commission's (MCMC) latest statistics which identified 38
MCMC also rated
Sabah's broadband penetration rate at 4.9 per 100 household
as of this year's first quarter, compared to 4.5 per 100
household last year.
MCMC also recorded 21.2 per cent of households as having
access to a personal computer in 2004, a growth from 17.8
per cent in 2002.
of a record-high number of exhibitors and interest from
the local population augurs well for the development of
ICT in the State.
for the State government's support for this opportunity
in contributing towards building a thriving ICT economy
in this State," said Lee.
said the fair is also being concurrently held in Lahad Datu.
the first time we're staging the fair in Lahad Datu, where
it's hosting 29 booth and 18 exhibitors. Our preliminary
observation indicates there exists untapped demand and exposure
from having a fair like Pikom PC Fair will boost ICT interest
and awareness in Lahad Datu," he said.
The fair will
help enhance the State's allure and appeal as a popular
tourist destination, he said, adding they expect the fair
to be popular especially among tourists and foreigners.
a higher percentage of visitors to shop and take advantage
of the special promotional offers and packages at the fair,"