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The Star (Malaysia): Open Source: Malaysian Govt Won't Take Sides, Says PM

Sep 10, 2002, 11:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Raslan Sharif, Edwin Yapp)

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"The Malaysian Government's interest in Open Source software is strictly a pursuit of national interests, and was not about taking sides in the Open Source versus proprietary software debate.

"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad indicated last week that the Government was not tapping Open Source software due to any ideological preference, but simply a matter of looking after 'the interests of the country.'

"'We are not guided by any bias against proprietary software, we are only concerned about the interests of the country... the cost efficiencies and other benefits that Open Source software can provide us,' he told reporters at a press conference at the end of the Sixth Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) International Advisory Panel (IAP) meeting..."

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