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Malaysia adds g-element in social issue database

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Social Issue Database System launched in Malaysia. It will be made available for the common people in Malaysia by the end of 2011, announced Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. “It will also act as a one-stop centre for the compilation of information on social issues,” she said after launching the database.
The MYR 1.2 million (MYR: Malaysian Ringgit) centralised database will incorporate statistics as well as geographical information on issues like as child abuse, domestic violence, poverty and women development. The information source will be government agencies, police, non-government bodies and academic institutions.
The minister said the system, which was being developed by the Social Institute of Malaysia, would also be linked to existing data on social issues and trends from various ministries like Health, Human Resources and Education. However, Shahrizat stressed that it was important for relevant agencies to ensure that the database was continuously updated.
The first stage of the database would compile information from the six departments under Shahrizat’s ministry and the second stage, to be completed by next year, would incorporate data from other ministries.
Source: The Star