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This page was intended to summarize the facts and figures of the MSC from the MSC homepage.
WHAT IS THE MSC?
Malaysia has created the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) - a world-first, world-class act - which is a length of greenfield "corridor", 15 kilometers wide and 50 kilometers long (9 by 30 miles - roughly the size of Singapore) located 30km (20mi) south of the capital.
This corridor stretches from the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) - itself an intelligent precinct - which houses the world's tallest buildings, down south to the the future federal administrative city Putrajaya and the site of the region's largest international airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The Prime Minister of Malaysia is scheduled to move his office to Putrajaya in June of 1999, and other departments will follow soon thereafter.
WHY AN "MSC"?
The MSC is an ambitious plan to transform rubber and palm-oil plantations into Southeast Asia's Silicon Valley bound by a fiber-optics network, providing high-speed computer links between Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur, the KLIA and a new administrative capital under construction called Putrajaya. All in all, Malaysia has committed a massive RM48bn in investment for the MSC hailed as Malaysia's stepping stone to developed-nation status by 2020. The Malaysian government has set a target of attracting 50 world-class companies to the MSC by 2003.
Vendors from the information superhighway - from microchip designers and programmers to electric publishers, television and movie production houses and Internet service providers - can set up shop within the corridor. Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, described the corridor as "a global test-bed" for the new roles of government, new cyber laws and guarantees, collaboration between government and firms, companies and companies, new broadcasting, new types of entertainment, education and delivery of health care.
WHAT GOES ON IN THE MSC?
There are 7 flagship applications slated for the MSC:
Electronic Government - Multimedia networked paperless administration
National Multi-Purpose Card
Smart Schools - Distance-learning Universities and wired schools
World Wide Manufacturing Webs - remote manufacturing coordination and engineering support hub
Borderless Marketing Centers - multimedia customer service hub to provide electronic publishing, contnt localisation, telemarketing and remote customer care
Two Smart Cities are being developed in the Corridor; (1) Putrajaya, the new seat of government and administrative capital of Malaysia where the concept of electronic government will be introduced; and (2) Cyberjaya, an intelligent city with multimedia industries, R&D centers, a Multimedia University and operational headquarters for multinationals wishing to direct their world- wide manufacturing and trading activities using multimedia technology. Together, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya will form the nuclei of the MSC.
AltaVista, one of the world's premier search engines (ranked #2) has set up AltaVista Asiawide in the Multimedia Super Corridor! AltaVista Asia provides Asia its very own search engine and it is one of the very first major sites to be loctaed in the MSC.
BILL OF GUARANTEES
The Malaysian Government commits to:-
Creation of university-company partnerships to educate and train potential employees in specific skills.
AMENITIES IN THE MSC ZONE
Since 1996, some 279 companies have applied for MSC-status and 216 have been approved. Some are located in the Petronas Twin Towers in the capital as the towers are considered part of the MSC.
Pioneer Companies with MSC Status - Sun Microsystems, Telekom Malaysia MSC, MIMOS and NTT MSC.
Others with MSC Status - Microsoft, Oracle MSC, HP, Netscape, Ericsson, Intel MSC, MEASAT, Sumitomo, NEC, NCR, Lotus, Digital Equipment, EDS, Nortel, Siemens, Fujitsu, DHL, Astro, ICON, Sapura, Sime, Motorola, Binariang, Newbridge, IBM, Lotus, ATI, BT Multimedia, Lucent Technologies, Bridgestone, Nokia, EDS, MCSB and Unisys are among the 136 well-known international and local companies that have been accorded MSC status. 39% - International, 35% - Domestic, 26% - Joint ventures.
Who's eligible for MSC Status? - Companies seeking MSC status and eligibility for incentives will need to fulfill three criteria: firstly, they must be a provider or a heavy user of multimedia products and services; secondly, they must employ a substantial number of knowledge workers; and, thirdly, they should be able to outline how they will transfer technology and/or knowledge to Malaysia, or otherwise contribute to the development of the MSC and the Malaysian economy.