Miri, Malaysia: Ten local authorities in Malaysia will deploy the Electronic Local Authority System 2 (eLA2) by the end of this year, while the remaining nine will start its implementation next year, according to Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
The Minister explained that the eLA2 will be equipped with the GIS mapping system, which will enable users to mark epidemic or food poisoning zones, traffic-congested areas and other properties.
“The same system can be used for the benefit of the public through utilising the convenience of home or hand-held devices,” he stated in his speech for the launch of eLA2, which was read by Assistant Minister of Community Services Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie. Wong called eLA2 an exciting revamp of a number of software systems, which are currently being used by local authorities.
The project, which was approved by the Sarawak Information Technology and Resources Councils (SITRC) in 2009, was implemented by the Miri City Council (MCC) on April 9 and will subsequently be implemented by the Samarahan District Council. It is a statewide interconnected system that harmonises and standardises the core business procedures councils.
It was developed to address various shortcomings faced by local authorities such as a lack of data sharing, not conforming to documentation and process records requirements set by auditors as well outdated protocols to control the provision of discreet and sensitive information to third parties.
“The eLA2 will keep record of every action and the action of each party involved with the council’s daily operation. Hence, it will ensure that the integrity of sensitive data is protected. This is very much in line with the security protocols set up by Information Communication Technology Unit (ICTU) particularly concerning sensitive data, as well as meeting all necessary requirements for auditing purposes,” said Wong.