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Talib wants to plug the urban-rural information technology gap

on 17 Jun 2010.

Story and photo by YU JI
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ONE of Sarawak’s main developmental challenges is to plug the urban-rural information technology gap.

The state’s IT penetration is low, Assistant Tourism and Heritage Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip said at the launch of a telecommunication technologies symposium in Kuching yesterday.

“The availability of technologies at rural areas is even lower. Many are still happy to have telephones. So this is the state’s challenge: How do we close the gap?” Talib said at the Eighth Asia-Pacific Symposium on Information and Telecommunication Technologies held at Damai Beach Resort.

The country’s aim to become a high-income economy relied upon improving such infrastructure woes, which would lead to easier access to education, he said.

Right strike: Talib hitting a gong at the opening ceremony of the symposium. Also seen here are APSITT organising committee co-chairman George Kimura (right) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak deputy vice chancellor of Research and Innovation Prof Dr Peter Songan (second left).

“And as we all know, brain power is the enabling tool of any developed nation. Knowledge is wealth,” added Talib, who is also Sarawak Economic Development Corporation chairman.

A knowledge-based economy is mainly supported by its human capital, which is able to adapt, create, innovate, generate and exploit new ideas, he said.

“You don’t have to be an engineer to realise that. That is the reality. Here, we still have a big challenge.”

Some 80 participants from 13 countries are taking part in the forum, which will end on Friday.

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