Government adopts neutral technology platform policy
SERI KEMBANGAN: The Government is adopting a neutral technology platform policy that does not favour either open-source (OSS) or proprietary software. The cabinet, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, has decided that government procurement policies will now be based on merit and not on platform choice.
“We want to focus on the development of job creation and industry growth, and as such, would like to be neutral,” he said.
“The cabinet wants to encourage the further development of the local (IT) ecosystem with focus on value creation and it is up to the market to decide which platform they choose.”
In 2004, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) launched the Malaysian Open Source Software Master Plan with targets for open-source implementation within the public sector.
The plan was coupled with a procurement policy stating: “In situations where advantages and disadvantages of OSS and proprietary software are equal, preference shall be given to OSS.”
“There has been a lot of negative reaction towards open source (from the IT market) and that’s why (choosing) the technology platform should be neutral,” said Jamaludin.
Whichever technology platform you choose, he said, be it proprietary or open source, does not matter as long as good results are produced.
“Platforms are tools and they should be neutral because in the end tools are just tools,” said Jamaludin.
Source: The Star