KUCHING: Terengganu is keen to learn more about the digital economy from the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) on how it has assisted the Sarawak government’s efforts to implement its digitalisation policy.
Terengganu’s Executive Committee (exco) Chairman for Tourism, Culture and Digital Economy Ariffin Deraman made this remark during his visit to SMA yesterday (June 23).
“We are coming here (to Sarawak) because we want to learn from SMA on digitalisation and we are also well aware that Sarawak is well advanced in the digital economy as it has the budget to implement the policy (as per SMA Ordinance).
“On our part, we have tried to set up a similar entity similar to SMA but it is taking too much time to enact the law. So we have set up a company, Terengganu Joint Digital Intelligent Development Sdn Bhd (TAJDID), which functions like SMA,” Ariffin said after being briefed by SMA at SMA Cultural Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC).
He added that TAJDID had also set up two subsidiaries, namely, Terengganu Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (TCOMM) to construct telecommunication structures in his state and Terengganu Digital 1303 (TD1303) as a digital village to empower its people to embrace the digital economy.
On a related issue, Ariffin said Terengganu was keen to collaborate with Sarawak’s Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts to develop apps to promote tourism products, especially ecotourism.
“We would like to come back again to share knowledge with our counterparts in Sarawak,” said Ariffin.
After visiting SMA, Ariffin and his delegates also visited Tegas’ Digital Village in Samajaya.
Meanwhile, SMA’s Head of Corporate Services Irtidzar Razali said he welcomed the Terengganu delegation and hoped that they would gain more knowledge on the digital economy.
The Terengganu delegation was also briefed on SMA’s roles, functions and digital economy by acting head of Digital Economy Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit Carolineson Nosin and S Pay Global and e-wallet by Shia Yang.