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Malaysia soon to table National Geospatial Bill

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: With an aim to make geospatial technology an essential decision making tool by 2020, for all public and private bodies in Malaysia, the National Geospatial Bill is being formulated, announced Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas, during the International Symposium on Spatially Enabled Government and Society in Kuala Lumpur.

Uggah said the proposed Act would provide the legal framework for the development of a spatially-enabled government and society. He explained spatial enablement which used the concept of place and location to organise information and processes had many benefits, in terms of improved decision-making, reduced administrative costs and enhanced industry development opportunities.

Uggah stressed, “It is very important for a nation to have ready access to all its spatial information to ensure sustainable growth and tackle issues related to the current economic slowdown, climate change, bio-diversity conservation and agricultural production.”

The two-day symposium also issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Spatially Enabled Government and Society which resolved, among others, to fully support the initiative of the United Nations to implement global mechanism to foster geospatial information management among member states, international organisations and the private sector.