The Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology today officiated the annual e-Desa Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This three-day event is attended by four committee member representatives of 26 e-Desa centres across the state.
The e-Desa centres, which are similar to cyber cafes in the urban areas, are set up mainly in the interior areas of Sabah such as in Tenom, Membakut and Lahad Datu where internet access is scarce. In 2013, five more e-Desa centres have been set up namely in Sungai Tiram in Sandakan, Kampung Sungai Napas in Beluran, Kampung Padawan in Papar, Kampung Kigiok in Ranau and Kampung Kalabakan in Tawau.
Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, Datuk Siringan Gubat hopes that the the convention, which will be end on November 24 will give its committee members the necessary exposure on how to manage the e-Desa centre in their respective areas.
He also encouraged people from the interiors to apply for the e-Desa centre grant, which will be fully funded by the government to be set up in their respective areas.
“Anyone who has a piece of land under his or her name can apply for the e-Desa grant,” said Siringan, “the e-Desa centre, which will be built on the vacant piece of land will be able to benefit themselves as well as other people in their area,” he added.
According to Siringan, the estimated cost of building an e-Desa centre is approximately RM600,000 and the government will be looking into building more in other areas in 2014. This is part of the government’s effort in making sure that none will be left behind in terms of information technology, as IT education is an important empowerment in today’s world.
Among the program lineups during the convention are the photography and videography workshops, talks on asset management, ICT crime & safety, and e-marketing; dialogue session with the ministry, as well as the e-Desa Photo Marathon contest.