PETALING JAYA, 14 OCTOBER 2014 – PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia, led a Malaysian delegation of MDeC, MDV, Cyberview and Telekom Malaysia to the World Congress on IT (WCIT) in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 29 through October 1, 2014. This year, the Congress was hosted by Canieti, the Mexican member of WITSA. World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the organizer of WCIT, is a leading consortium of ICT industry association members from over 80 countries/economies around the world.
It was a momentous occasion both for PIKOM and Malaysia during the congress. At the WCIT Gala Dinner, TM Research & Development Sdn Bhd bagged the highest WITSA ICT Excellence Awards for the night, the Chairman’s Award. Commenting on the achievement by TMR&D, Mr. Cheah Kok Hoong, Chairman of PIKOM said, “PIKOM nominated TM Research & Development Sdn Bhd for the WITSA ICT Excellence Awards. The work that TMR&D has done is truly at the cutting edge of technology. This is an amazing accolade as the Chairman’s Award is the highest award in WITSA. It is the first time we have won the highest WITSA award. PIKOM is proud of the achievement as it is testament of the strength of innovation of Malaysia’s ICT industry. May this spur the industry forward to creating world- class solutions.”
Malaysia also did well by taking home two subsidiary prizes. “In addition, we salute Malaysian companies, MDT Innovations Sdn Bhd and Softspace Sdn Bhd, which have done us proud with winning the merit award. Winning three awards in this internationally coveted competition augurs very well for the future of our industry. I look forward and encourage the industry to build on this success and become globally competitive ICT companies,” added Cheah.
On the other hand, during the general assembly of WITSA, PIKOM has been awarded the right to host WCIT in 2020. This is akin to hosting the Olympics of the ICT industry. In 2008, PIKOM hosted the first WCIT in this region and attracted 3,313 delegates from over 80 countries. The event was a huge success with the presence of DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong, the Prime Minister, royalty, cabinet ministers, corporate leaders and industry movers and shakers.
At the same meeting, David Wong representing PIKOM was elected to the Board of WITSA. This is another feather on Malaysia’s cap. It is a great advantage to benefit the local ICT industry to influence global market trends and policy advocacy. David is an advisor to PIKOM as well as the Chairman of Outsourcing Malaysia, a chapter of PIKOM. He was the chairman of PIKOM during the WCIT in 2008.
Cheah concluded, “This is indeed a proud moment for Malaysia as we achieved much at WCIT 2014. Now is to ensure we deliver on the expectations. PIKOM will be putting in place the structure and resources to ensure that Malaysia fully benefits from the global recognition given to us.”.