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Spatial data vital for policy development

Malaysia: Speaking at the 25th Congress of the International Federation of Surveyors at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), on 17 June, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, noted that Malaysia's development depends on good spatial information. Spatial information is vital for policy development and plays a key part in the fights against environmental degradation and runaway climate change, Razak has said.

He said that good spatial information could lead to more effective policies, efficient programmes and better outcomes, especially, taking into account Malaysia's geographical location and its exposure to various weather impacts and climate change. "Infrastructure plays a vital part in our national development plan — from the Mass Rapid Transit System that is changing the face of Kuala Lumpur to the pan Borneo highway in East Malaysia — and is dependent upon an understanding of how space can be efficiently used to deliver economic benefits," he said.

Further, he added that in the era of big data and open-source policymaking, the challenge for surveyors is to ensure that information sharing practices evolve at the right pace and that knowledge gathered is put to productive use. He also urged surveyors and government to improve existing information infrastructure, including spatial data infrastructure, and to implement policies to ensure that spatial data was reliable, accessible for re-use and could be easily integrated into collaborative environment.

The week-long congress, organised by the Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) comprising a trade exhibition, technical sessions and social activities, was attended by over 3,000 global FIG members, comprising surveyors and land professionals, including 1,800 international delegates.

Source: Bernama