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Malaysia: Smart City-Smart Village scheme to bring US$30.6 bil

Malaysia is introducing a Smart City-Smart Village initiative expected to contribute RM 95 billion (US$30.6 billion) to the national economy by 2020.

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The project, to be implemented through the Global Science and Innovation Academy Council (GSIAC), aims to “balance development in the urban and rural areas, focusing on the use of green technology and ICT”, said GSIAC in a statement.

“The goal is to improve everything from energy use to healthcare, education, traffic and shopping by doing it “smart” with the help of ICT and green technology.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Tun Razak, who chairs GSIAC, has endorsed this programme with a vision to benefit and transform the living standards of the Rakyat. Smart community projects are expected to empower and connect communities with an inclusive socio-economic approach to growth based on the New Economic Model and Vision 2020 agenda.

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On 22 October 2012 saibal wrote:

The concept “Smart Village” is a bit lame . If you take a village (in Malaysia) and start making it smart , the lack of density will force governments to increase investments (lots of it).

Villages lack infrastructure and economic opportunities but once investments begin to flow in (to make them smart!) businesses will start moving in and after sometime it is no longer a village ,

We should stick to the paradigm of smart cities but keep our villages connected preferably at the edges . This Urban-Rural configuration will create favorable demand conditions at the village level to fulfill demands originated in the cities


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