Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysian government will formulate a policy and act to encourage and enhance the usage of geospatial data, according to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia. He said that the geospatial act would focus on data confidentiality and safety, the principles of custodianship, data sharing, data integration, data dissemination and standards.
Muhyiddin said such an act was also needed to optimise the potential of geospatial technology like the GIS, considering that there were still constraints such as the absence of integrated data base as data were collected and stored by different agencies, hence the difficulty in obtaining digital data and cooperation among the agencies in sharing the GIS data base.
“The aim (of the act) is to manage geospatial information as an invaluable government asset in supporting the national development initiatives. It will also help in the development of GIS infrastructure and human capital development to support GIS expansion in the country,” he said.
The minister also revealed that the formulation of proposed geospatial policy and act had already been started by the National Mapping and Spatial Data Committee.
He said the role and contribution of the department, being the prime geospatial information provider, wasto provide the mapping data and cadastral maps which were needed by other government agencies involved in development projects, such as basic infrastructure for rural areas and public transportation infrastructure.