Petaling Jaya, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 – PIKOM, the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia hopes that the new cabinet ministers which the association works closely with will further excel the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

Chairman of PIKOM David Wong Nan Fay stated that the association hopes the new cabinet will work well as a team, continue to collaborate closely with the private sectors, promote transparency and openness in the decision-making process, emphasize on human capital development, actively promote the local ICT industry, to address global ICT deregulation and market liberalization issues and accelerate Malaysia’s digitalization and ICT education.

“By encouraging transparency and enhancing corporate governance, Malaysia should be able to attract strong foreign direct investment (FDI) growth and encourage strong domestic direct investment (DDI). We expect Malaysia to continue to be an attractive outsourcing hub globally with local companies becoming strong global players,” Wong informed.

“The new cabinet line-up is a good mix and refreshing with new faces in several portfolios. Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, the new minister of MOSTI has vast experience in the ICT field and had been serving in the cabinet for many years. We believe he will continue to lead the industry to greater heights. We look forward to his strong support in hosting the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2008 which will be held in Kuala Lumpur this coming May.“

Wong added that Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, the new minister of KTAK is no stranger to the communications industry and his position as minister ensures continuity.

“We believe that their vast experience, ideas and vision will continue to be recognized by all sectors, public and private and more importantly, contribute towards the growth of ICT industry,” Wong explained.

PIKOM looks forward to the strong support from MITI to develop export market access for its members. The association said it will continue to develop strong relationship with the various ministries as it targets the ICT industry to contribute to 10 per cent of Malaysia’s GDP by 2012 compared to its current contribution of seven per cent.

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