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Malaysia plans to move into second phase of open source initiative

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The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit is ready to move into the second phase of its open source initiative, which is to expand use of the technology to more government agencies.

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The Malaysian government has saved up to 30 percent on Information and Communications Technology costs among its agencies under the Open Source Software (OSS) initiative. According to Dr. Yusseri Yusoff, former OSS consulting project director at the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu), OSS implementation has enabled the government to address increasing licensing fees and constant upgrades of proprietary software. There were also plans to start bilateral initiatives with countries adopting OSS, he added.

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