KUCHING: Many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes carried out by Sarawak Information System Sdn Bhd (Sains) can be adapted by the state government in line with the go-rural policy, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
He mentioned the rural ICT guided home-based technopreneuer (RIGHT), community healthcare advancement nurturing for growth eco-system (CHANGE), equitable quality unified information via Learning in a Box for Rural Areas or Library in a Box as among the relevant programmes.
“I have a concern and deep commitment to bridge the digital bridge between urban and rural areas and bring modernity to rural areas. Recently I have instituted a policy to go rural and set key performance indicators (KPIs) for the state elected representatives to gauge their involvements with their respective constituents.
“And I can immediately see the relevancy of many current Sains CSR programmes which can be adapted for this purpose,” he said at Sains 25th anniversary dinner at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Wednesday night.
Adenan was represented by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas).
In his text of speech read by Uggah, the chief minister hoped that Sains would work closely with the state government to explore how to optimise such area of collaboration.
Adenan also pointed out that he was proud and happy with what SAINS had achieved for the state and itself for the last 25 years, saying it had propelled the utilisation of information and communication technology (ICT) of the state government from being the lowest to currently among the highest in the country.
According to him, such effort had enabled and re-defined the civil service delivery’s efficiency and effectiveness, adding that Sains was also constantly transforming itself to become one of the leading and most admired ICT solutions and services providers in the country.
Adenan also said the launching of Sains’ ‘Infocast Kenyalang (IK) or I care about Sarawak’ had helped the people, especially in rural area, to know and understand the government’s real development agenda against the trivialities of the opposition.
“I urge all government agencies to work closely with Sains to inform the people of the good work being done to them. Now that we have won the last state election with a much increased majority, it is very important for us to deliver our promises and be seen by doing so,” he stressed.
He pointed out that the government must be acutely aware about the performance, stressing that the performance was being closely watched by the opposition and the people at large.
Meanwhile, Adenan was also happy to note that Sains, apart from providing ICT products and services in Peninsular Malaysia, had also penetrated foreign countries like New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, China, Qatar and Guinea.
The dinner also the presentation of several awards including the Chief Minister’s ICT Media Awards by Uggah.
The award in three categories- English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin – was established to encourage journalists and writers to address ICT related topics and promote the usage of ICT and awareness of its importance for the betterment of Sarawak.
Winners of the award received RM2,000, while the first and second runners-up received RM1,000 and RM500 respectively.
For the English category, The Borneo Post won all the three prizes with Sharon Kong the first prize winner, followed by Yvonne Tuah Merawin (first runner-up) and Joanna Yap (second runner-up).
In the Bahasa Malaysia category, Haini Darani of Utusan Sarawak won the first prize, followed by Remid Tajan of Rakan Sarawak and Muhammad Fuad Jobli also from Rakan Sarawak.
For the Chinese category, the first place was won by Jong Wan Joon from Sin Chew Daily with Chieng Jen Ling and Liong Chai Ee (also from Sin Chew Daily) in second and third places respectively.
Present were Sains chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Sains chief executive officer Dato Teo Tien Hiong.