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Cyberjaya is the key part of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), the nation’s vision to jumpstart the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

MSC Malaysia

MSC Malaysia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MSC is a 15km by 50km band extending from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Cyberjaya is Malaysia’s 1st model cybercity within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).

Spanning 7,000 hectares, the city was launched by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 8, 1999.

Since it initiation, Cyberjaya has since developed into a self-contained city with world-class IT infrastructure, low-density urban enterprise, and state of the art commercial, residential, enterprise and institutional developments.

Cyberjaya started as a hub designed to attract research and development initiatives but eventually became one of the primary international locations for the global shared services and outsourcing (SSO) sector.

Located to the west of Putrajaya. Cyberjaya is developed as a model intelligent city, a unique greenfield environment within which one can live, study, work and play.

One of the objectives of Cyberjaya is to create an ideal environment that will be the test bed for new technologies and applications.

The city is fully equipped with wireless interactive city broadband services, fibre-optic networks and the latest technologies in information technology infrastructure and facilities.

Cyberjaya is environment-friendly and boasts the latest technology in infrastructure and facilities.

In line with this, it is the city incorporates low density development revolving around green reserves and an excellent infrastructure.

It’ll strike a balance between commercial development and residential areas with adequate recreational and public facilities in harmony with its natural surrounding including those for the physically handicapped.

Cyberjaya, together with Putrajaya, are embarking as a Pioneer Townships in Green Technology as well as a showcase for the development of other townships.

As for that, Cyberjaya has embarked on a district-cooling system as an initiative to lower the cost of doing business in Cyberjaya, to remain competitive and to preserve the environment.

The district-cooling can reduce electricity usage by more than 65% as compared with traditional air conditioning systems.

Some RM58 million will be invested for the expansion of the system in the next two years.

Because of it green initiatives, Cyberjaya was selected as one of Japan’s 2011 FutureCities, at its international forum on the “FutureCity Initiative” on Feb 21.

The FutureCity Initiative is one of Japan’s national strategic projects, identified in its New Growth Strategy which was decided by the Japanese government in June 2010.

The purpose of the initiative is to resolve issues such as environment and aging societies in order to create cities that are home to human-centred values.

Based on the initiative, the Japanese government will select several cities as the first models of FutureCities in Japan and will seek information regarding leading practices in the field of sustainable city development in the world.

The Japanese government aims to create unparalleled successful cases in order to revitalise urban/regional areas and realise sustainable economics and societies.

The green initiative also included the planting of 3,000 trees on a 10 acre-land, called “Cyberjaya Urban Forest” and within the next two years, another 5,000 to 6,000 trees would be planted and by 2020 there would be a total of 150,000 trees in the area.

More than 600 MSC-status companies are in operation here. They include SMEs involved in programming, software development, R&D and design development.

Many multinational companies like HSBC, Huawei, Dell and IBM, among others, call Cyberjaya their home, with offices and staff based in Malaysia to support their regional business presence.

These multinational corporations chose Cyberjaya for the same reasons other international investors recognise in Cyberjaya as a conducive ecosystem, sound infrastructure, attractive government incentives, Bill of Guarantees and the perfect address to live, study, work, and play in.

The number of local and international companies in Cyberjaya has reached 621 to date, double the initial number of 302 between 1998 and 2007.

Cyberview Sdn Bhd. (Cyberview), a Government owned company. Established in October 1996, Cyberview is the landowner of Cyberjaya and has been mandated to spearhead the development in Cyberjaya.

As the landowner of Cyberjaya, Cyberview’s mission is to realize Cyberjaya as a global MSC Malaysia Cybercity hub and the preferred location for ICT, Multimedia and Services for innovation and operations; and to fulfill specific Government initiatives in support of the innovation economy.

Cyberview also introduce initiatives such as creating the Knowledge Workers Development Institute which facilitates ensuring knowledge workers for the industry.

As for that, Cyberview has sent recommendations to the government to allow for additional enabling tools to be implemented and one of the key recommendations was to create a consultative forum and invite members of professional bodies to share their knowledge.

This will enable Cyberview to tap into professional and expert views to create healthier developments which will enhance Cyberjaya’s standing as the premier cybercity in the country.

Apart from that, to achieve this mission, Cyberview had been talking to the stakeholders, namely, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDec), the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) and Setia Haruman, its people and the companies and to find out what they hoped to see and then identify the initiatives that would benefit the community.

Cyberview has two whollyowned subsidiaries, Fabtronic, a microprocessor assembler and service provider working closely with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc.) and Pendinginan Megajana Sdn Bhd, which owns, develops and maintains the technologically-unique central District Cooling System (DCS) for piped chilled-water air-conditioning within the Cyberjaya Flagship Zone.

Source : Cyberview.com, SMI Business Directory, Limkokwing.net, Cyberjaya Selected As One Of Japan’s Future Cities (The Sun, 19 February 2012), Cyberjaya Set To Become Malaysia’s Silicon Valley By 2020 (NST, 2 June 2012), Cyberjaya Developer To Pump RM2.5bil (The Star, 2 June 2012), Emkay’s New Cyberjaya Project On The Way (The Malaysian Reserve, 18 May 2012), Cyberjaya Master Plan To Iron Out The Kinks (The Star, 13 November 2009), Cyberjaya Going Green (The Star, 16 December 2009).

-SNASH-

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