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Bridging the rural-urban digital gap

Public libraries have been around forever. The Roman Empire was the first to establish them in the western world. Then Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (whose reign across parts of North Africa spanned from 996–1021) financed and established libraries open to the public to access books and even get them copied free of charge.

No matter the era, libraries have always served the greater public good by giving free access to people to learn and cultivate their interests.

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Connecting Sarawak in the new normal

Due to its terrain which varies from coastal lowlands to mountainous hinterland, Sarawak has long presented challenges to connectivity in terms of building roads and providing internet access.

Throw in the delay brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s a big challenge for Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to achieve state-wide connectivity in under-served areas by 2025.

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Women’s Forum on empowerment and thriving in the digital economy

Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launching the forum.
Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launching the forum.

KUCHING, 21 March 2018: More than 100 women from universities, non-profit organisations, government agencies and the media attended the Women’s Forum at the TEGAS Innovation Hub to share their journey as women at work, home and business.

Deputy State Secretary of Sarawak Yang Berbahagia Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launched the forum that featured an impressive line-up of speakers such as IBM Malaysia managing director Chong Chye Neo, The Tuyang Initiative co-founder Ms Juvita T Wan and Pustaka Sarawak CEO Rashidah Hj Bolhassan.

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TEGAS signs MoU with five startups during SCaT Fair 2018

KUCHING: The Sarawak Bumiputera Technical Education Promotion Charitable Trust (TEGAS) announced that it will be collaborating with five agencies in various sectors under digital technology during the launch of Sarawak Career and Training (SCaT) Fair 2018 on March 10.

TEGAS exchanged MoUs with Azendian Solutions Sdn Bhd, Chumbaka Sdn Bhd, EFFEX Co Sdn Bhd, Petrosar Academy Sdn Bhd and Satu Creative Services Sdn Bhd where theywill collaborate in data analytics, gaming and virtual reality, robotics and drones, flying simulation as well as entrepreneurship coaching and mentoring.

“All of these efforts will improve the performance of TEGAS as the leading platform in promoting digital innovation which comprises STEM, TVET and entrepreneurship innovation in Sarawak,” said TEGAS chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh before the launch of SCaT Fair 2018 by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg themed “Enhancing Employability”.

Jointly organised by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research (MESTR) and TEGAS, the three-day education and career fair also featured 17 speakers talking on career and educational opportunities as well as the STEM Playground, Hackweekend Kch and UCSI’s The Big Chef.

The STEM Playground had 24 educational institutes, companies and agencies offering stimulating acitivites for children in the realms of digital innovation such as drones, robots, data analytics, coding, 3D holograms, 3D printing, lab activities and more.

The activities were geared towards sparking the interest of children and parents in science, technology, engineering, mathematics towards digital innovation and digital economy.

Another highlight of SCaT Fair 2018 was the collaboration under TEGAS and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre Berhad (MaGIC) where participating youth were given 50 hours to write code for an agricultural project, one of the main thrusts under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy, especially in IoT and Big Data.

Hackweekend Kch will continue onto other divisions in Sarawak and will see more youth participants challenged to find coding solutions for manufacturing, tourism, smart city, digital health, e-commerce and digital government.

SCaT Fair 2018 hosted 70 educational institutes and training centres, 60 companies offering 5,526 jobs, nine agencies offering scholarships and bursaries.

TEGAS will also be holding what will be its biggest educational roadshow to date – Project of Dreams Realised (PRO-DR) the week after next which will begin from Lundu to Lawas so that youths from rural areas will be able to enjoy the same opportunities as their urban counterparts.

Launch of SKR1M submarine cable in Sarawak to catalyse growth of digital economy and digital lifestyle

KUCHING, 18 December: Sarawak is one step closer to state-wide internet connectivity with the launch of Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M) submarine cable system on 18 December 2017.

SKR1M was built with the objective to enhance the existing domestic submarine cable connectivity between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak thus catering for future bandwidth growth requirements.

“The establishment of this new submarine cable system is part of the government’s initiative to increase and improve internet access availability and quality in Sarawak,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg at the launch.

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