Malaysia’s Multimedia Corridor Gets US$1B Investment

By Julian Matthews

January 22, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project so far raked in US$1 billion worth of investments from 103 local and international technology companies.

This was disclosed at the 4th MSC Implementation Council Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

The MSC is a area south of the capital city which the government hopes to turn into a global hub for the creation of multimedia content, products and services. Mahathir said the development of the first phase of Cyberjaya, the city within the MSC that has been earmarked to host high-tech companies, is well ahead of schedule.

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Channelling to the community

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia’s Program Limpahan Intelektual 1997 (1997 Intellectual Overflow Programme) is an extension of its annual community projects held at various villages throughout Malaysia.

The typical project involves groups of student spending a week in selected villages to carry out community work.

However, for project manager Nurazariah Abidin, 20, community service and gotong royong activities were not enough. She decided to include the element of technology in the project, and ensured that there were proper follow up programmes for continuity.

Which was how Program Limpahan Intelektual came about.
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A ‘kampung’ in the Net

By Anita Devasahayam

KAMPUNG REPOH, located in the Batu Kurau constituency 90 kilometres from Ipoh, is a hive of activity.

The village folk are not caught up with tending vegetable patches or harvesting bananas. Instead, they are glued to two multimedia PCs currently housed at the penghulu’s (headman) home, which have brought the cyberworld right to their doorsteps.

For the 1,200 folks of the kampung — or village — getting a taste of cyberspace was enough to prompt them to stamp their mark on the World Wide Web, with their own homepage (Kg Repoh).

“We had heard of computers and the Internet, but had never used a PC or seen what the Internet was all about,” reveals Kampung Repoh’s penghulu Ramli Baharim.
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Groundwork Laid for Multimedia Super Corridor

By Julian Matthews

The Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project, part of Malaysia’s bid to move to a higher value-added economy, will start becoming a reality in late 1998.

The core of MSC is an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) communication network which will allow the delivery of a host of new generation bandwidth-intensive services using multimedia workstations for medical imaging, video conferencing, video library retrieval and web broadcasting.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad is already laying the optical fiber for the network’s backbone which will support data rates of between 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps and be linked directly to the US, Europe, Japan and the rest of Southeast Asia.

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