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New Straits Times: Local ICT Sector on Par with Well-Known Hubs

Jul 26, 2002, 09:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M.K. Megan)

[ Thanks to Low, Kuan Loong for this link. ]

"Although several factors contributed to the digital gap, Dr Mahathir said an important reason was the price of personal computers which was directly linked to affordability.

"He said the operating and application system, currently being monopolised by several international companies, made up between 25 and 40 per cent of the cost of a computer.

"'We have to pay licensing fees to all types of operating and application systems to these companies which raise the price of computers. The end users will eventually have to bear the cost.' He commended DRB-Hicom Info Tech Sdn Bhd, which produces the national personal computer for using an open source based on the Linux system and not the operating and application system monopolised by international companies..."

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