Malaysia’s e-government details emerge

KUALA LUMPUR–Microsoft says it will design an entirely new product specifically for Malaysia, an automated office system for the government, beginning with the Prime Minister’s office.

A customized desktop environment–called the Generic Office Environment (GOE)–will allow government users to collaborate, access and manage information in more meaningful ways, said Benedict Lee, managing director of Microsoft Knowledge Capital Center, the local representative company of the Seattle giant.

“The GOE will be a super-automated office system designed specifically for the government and government users.

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Microsoft’s Gates Says MSC a Part of Web Lifestyle

By Julian Matthews

March 30, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Microsoft Corp. chairman and CEO Bill Gates said the vision of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) is in harmony with the concepts of the “digital nervous system” (DNS) and the “Web lifestyle” that he advocates.

Gates uses the term digital nervous system to describe how governments can employ technology to efficiently manage and use information, and how businesses can compete globally.

Speaking to about 3,000 people at the Putra World Trade Centre, on “The Connected Community,” he described living the Web lifestyle. He said people will rely on the Internet to interact online with the government and private companies from work or home.

Gates’ visit was part of a tour to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Microsoft CEO Gates Supports Multimedia Corridor

By Julian Matthews

March 26, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Microsoft Corp. chairman and CEO Bill Gates said the Malaysian government is wise for embracing information technology and he pledged support for the nation’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project.

“I am very excited about the MSC. It will not only make Malaysia a leader in IT skills, but those skills will help in every sector it competes in,” he said.

Gates, who is member of the MSC advisory panel, said the key elements for the project are already in place.

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