Malaysia Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will table the 2014 budget in Parliament today. Here are some of my wish list from geospatial perspective:-
A. On Better Governance and Transparency
- Greater Transparency from GIS perspective: Strengthen monitoring of the distribution and use of all allocated funds by setting up an online geospatial map and executive dashboard showing budget allocation and progress by location.
- Safer Malaysia and better law enforcement from GIS perspective: to combat rising crime, enforcement agencies need to be equipped with intelligence-led policing system that can pro-actively preventing and resolving crimes by enabling effective data fusion/ intelligence analysis for both crime and investigation analysis
- More affordable homes from GIS perspective: In effort to tackle speculative property prices and provide more affordable housing – government can promote greater transparency by setting up an online geospatial portal showing data on the transaction prices of properties in easy to visualize intelligence web map that support location analytics and accessible by public through their smartphones, tablets or web browsers.
- Better public transport from GIS perspective: Improve land transport integration by setting up a geospatial system that has all land transport networks i.e. roads, pedestrian, LRT, rail, special motorcycle lanes, etc. with necessary details for integrated planning and improvement
B. On Strengthening Public Sectors
- Set up National Geospatial Council consists of key personnel from government sectors and under purview of Prime Minister department or Ministry of Finance to spearhead data sharing and collaboration among government agencies
- Assign at least one (1) Geospatial Information Officer responsible to plan and manage geospatial data in all government agencies
- Allocation to support continuous geospatial literacy enhancement training for civil servants in all government sectors in view of the rapid technology advancement in software, infrastructure and hardware components
- Allocation to hire or appoint industry subject matter experts that are well verse in geospatial knowledge to work in agencies (i.e. MaCGDI, MAMPU, PEMANDU, PM Dept, MoF, etc) that can shape the policy and direction for local geospatial industry
- More allocation for better maintenance of Geospatial IT systems at both federal and state levels
- Sufficient funds be set aside for state government to set up (for those State that have yet to have GIS Unit) and maintain state geospatial/GIS unit (for those state with existing GIS Unit)
C. On Strengthening Private Sectors
- Unlocking economic value through open data and information sharing by allowing free access of web services to meaningful/accurate/timely/up-to-date/large-scale/non-sensitive/nationwide basemap and imagery through intelligent web GIS technology
- Include Geospatial and IT as part of program under the 1MET (1Malaysia Entrepreneurship Program) to promote more knowledge economy and job creation
D. On Strengthening Educational Sectors
- Allocation to support inclusion of geodesign and geospatial information technology education in the education sectors (tertiary, secondary and primary level) in line with government’s aims to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education because GIS is STEM.