Thursday, July 19, 2001
MIC To Launch National Campaign To Instill
Internet Values Among Malaysian Indians
Net-For-Life To Focus On
Children, Working Adults, And Senior Citizens
Lumpur, Monday, April 23, 2001 – In stepping into the new
Millenium, the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) will launch a new
national campaign, tagged Net-For-Life,
aimed at transforming the Malaysian Indian community into a
web-savvy one by 2005.
President and Works Minister, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said, “The
time has come for Malaysia’s Indian community to make a quantum
leap. It is important that our community continues to contribute
positively to national development. We have to embrace the latest
technologies, become web-savvy and quickly shirk-off any negative
perception people may have of our
community. This is our responsibility to the new Malaysia. Each and
everyone of us need to be engaged in this renewal. Net-For-Life is MIC’s way of transforming Indians in this country
into effective netizens.”
when launched, will cater to three distinct groups – children,
working adults and senior citizens.
programmes will be launched within this campaign nationwide. Among
these programs are Web@8, a programme to ensure children are
comfortable using the Internet by the time they are 8-years-old. Yet
another program, this time targeted at teenagers, is eSkills@15 –
which aims to equip every 15-year-old Indian teenager with Internet
the age of 15, a
teenager must be adept at developing Internet pages and sites. With
such interest, sown at an early age, I am convinced that our
community will go on to produce excellent Internet technologists and
professionals. This is the new way of life – the eLife, and we
have to live it,” added Samy Vellu.
for working adults and senior citizens, the campaign aims to create
awareness of the opportunities that the Internet economy provides.
The MIC does not want this group of people, who are most vulnerable
to technology shifts, to be left behind.
MIC plans to work with other organisations in the country to
generate with even more exciting programmes for all three target
have been set up to drive the respective campaigns. These committees
have already started working. In support of this plan, the MIC
invites proposals from organisations and individuals to further
expand the campaign.
To Host World’s Largest
Tamil Internet Conference
Internet 2001 To Focus On
Content, The Digital Divide, Entrepreneurship and Technology
Be Held On Aug 26-28 at Kuala Lumpur’s Putra World Trade Centre.
Lumpur, Monday, April 23, 2001 – Kuala Lumpur has been chosen as
the host city for Tamil Internet 2001, an international conference
and exposition focusing on standards, issues and the development of
Tamil-based Internet services.
decision was announced today, jointly by Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu,
Malaysia’s Minister of Works and leader of the country’s
dominant Indian-based political party, the Malaysian Indian
Congress; and Dr M Anandakrishnan, the chairman of the International
Forum For Information Technology In Tamil (INFITT), the custodian of
the international conference.
are honoured to have been chosen as the host city for this important
international event. Tamil Internet is rapidly growing with more
than 1,000 websites and portals that use the Tamil language. The
75-million strong Tamil Diaspora is also one of the leading
providers of IT skills globally. In addition to the hundreds and
thousands of Tamil-speaking IT professionals, there is a growing
number of Tamil-speaking entrepreneurs making it big in the new
economy. Kuala Lumpur will be the focal point for these
professionals and entrepreneurs come August 2001,” said Samy Vellu.
added, “This is also an opportunity for us to showcase
Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor to the Tamil Diaspora. At the
same time, we are using this opportunity to take the Internet to as
many Malaysian Indians as possible.”
Internet 2001 is the fourth in the conference series which began in
1997 in Singapore. The second conference was held in Chennai, and
the third in Singapore again, last year.
Carrying the theme ‘Pathways
to Progress’, the
conference will delve into many issues surrounding the development
and use of Internet in the Tamil Diaspora. Among the themes that the
conference will discuss are Multimedia Content, The Digital Divide,
Entrepreneurship In The New Economy, Wireless Applications and
Technology Standards for Tamil Internet. More than 50 international
experts are expected to present their papers and findings at the
said, “INFITT is devoted to the promotion of Tamil culture and
language through Information Technology, including the Internet. We
are also cognizant of the fact that the Tamil Diaspora is continuing
to produce world-class IT skills and entrepreneurs. There is an
increasing appetite for information and applications in Tamil on the
Internet. It augurs well for INFITT that Tamil Internet 2001 will
place emphasis on a topics that are close to its goals. “
added that Malaysia, with more than 1.8 million Indians – mainly
Tamil-speaking has an important role to play in the development of
Tamil Internet. To facilitate this, he added, INFITT is in the
process of forming a Malaysian chapter of the organisation.
conjunction with Tamil Internet 2001, an international exhibition
– DuniaWeb 2001, will be held. The exhibition will showcase
Internet technologies, products and services from Malaysia,
Singapore, the Indian sub-continent and other countries. The event
is expected to attract about 50 exhibitors and more than 50,000
visitors over the three days.
that the Indian community in Malaysia is well spread out though out
the nation, the event will make its way to both Penang and Johor
Baru, to cater to the nothern and southern regions.
for these regional events have begun through special committees
formed in the respective regions. The regional events are expected
to be a one-day version of Tamil Internet 2001, held in September.