The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) held an Open Day today to engage the public on the establishment of the proposed Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM). The objectives of the open day were to:
(i) Inform the public on the establishment of the proposed BCPM;
(ii) Allow public viewing of the Draft Computing Professionals Bill; and
(iii) Provide a venue for feedbacks and opinions on the draft of the Computing Professionals Bill.
The impetus for the establishment of the proposed BCPM was initiated from the National ICT Human Resources Task Force that prepared the ICT Human Capital Development (HDC) Framework. It has proposed among others the formation of a national ICT professional body and promotion of professional development practitioners as well as rebranding and promotion of ICT as a career of choice. This proposal was then brought to the attention of the Cabinet Committee in March 2011, and it was mandated that MOSTI be tasked to facilitate the establishment of the proposed BCPM. The call for recognition of the ICT professionals in the nation was voiced by the industry and academia, in view of the need to elevate the current status of ICT profession to that of international standard.
Some of the pertinent concerns put forward during the Open Day are:
(i) the qualifications of those who wish to be registered with the Board;
(ii) the ambiguous definition of sectors identified under the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII);
(iii) poor representation of the ICT community in coming up with the proposed bill;
(iv) the language and wording of the proposed Bill is very restrictive;
(v) the power bestowed on the Minister in the bill;
(vi) poor public engagement via the Net; and
(vii) penalties which are considered as criminal offence.
Prior to the Open Day, the proposed bill has been uploaded in MOSTI’s portal for public viewing. The Open Day was conducted in an open forum where the public forwarded their concerns and queries to a panel of key stakeholders who were involved in preparing the initial draft of the BCPM bill via Q&A sessions. Suggestions/feedbacks forms were also used to receive queries and concerns. The panel includes representatives from the National ICT Deans Council (MADICT), National Professors Council, Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry Malaysia (PIKOM), Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC) and National Professors Council (ICT Cluster).