The Malaysian government has formally adopted open standards and the Open Document Format (ODF) within the country’s public sector.
Last week, the Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) had issued a tender for a nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards in its ICT deployment. The study also looks into how the Malaysian public sector can migrate to open standards and the ODF. According to the Malaysia Open Source Software Alliance (MOSSA), the study will provide the benefits of open standards, suggest policies and guidelines for achieving openness. The study will also provide roadmap to implement the ODF in Malaysia’ public sector. The country has already unveiled its intention to consider the ODF as a national standard for office documents.