Selangor open to coordinate Smart Selangor data with MyDigital

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

THE Selangor government is open to coordinating Smart Selangor initiatives with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDigital) led by the federal government.

Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (picture) said the state has no problem coordinating data from Smart Selangor with MyDigital, adding that if discussions are open, they can discuss certain terms and conditions as it involves data and information. 

He said this is in line with Selangor’s aspirations, moreover as it is the pulse of the country’s economy.

“The main basis for implementing a programme like this smart state, which is a new initiative, is that we cannot work in silos.

“If we talk about smart states, usually we will say big data analysis, which can only be achieved when we are able to combine the data together and on behalf of the state government. If we work alone, we cannot link the data,” he said in a reply to an additional question by state assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s at the State Legislative Assembly in Shah Alam today.

Azmin questioned if Selangor has plans to synchronise with initiatives under MyDigital including, for example, the open data concept initiative of data sharing between government agencies with departments and ministries and also cloud computing.

The MB responded that data sharing is something that the state has been trying to implement in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Data sharing is one of the important issues which enables us to anticipate any changes and movements of the disease, also in the movements as well as human attitudes that can be checked in a planned programme,” he said. 

As the concept of Smart Selangor and MyDigital involves a more open national cabotage policy, Amirudin added that in terms of the cabotage policy, although it has nothing to do with the state administration, to some extent it has an impact on the attraction of investors.