Ladies and gentlemen, especially those who are new media savvy, what do you know about Malaysian International Advisory Panel (IAP)?
Its 11th annual meeting was held recently and the only news I read so far:
Abdullah Wants IAP Members To Look Into Food Production and
The Best IAP Meeting Thus Far, Says Abdullah.
Well, every year, either Mahathir or Pak Lah would claim without any substantial facts, the best IAP meeting so far! Best for whom?
In anyway, do you know what is IAP?
According to the IAP web site:
When the vision to accelerate the development and expansion of Malaysia‘s ICT industry first arose a little over a decade ago, the world’s pre-eminent industry icons were sought after and consulted to lend their expertise.
Many responded, and soon this grouping of world ICT titans was assembled into an elite circle. Thus, the MSC Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP) was born. January 16, 1997 was the day the world’s most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers gathered and inaugurated the MSC-IAP at Stanford University, USA.
MSC Malaysia was conceived as a vision of purpose and goals, but it required the impetus to move forward. The MSC Malaysia IAP provided this through invaluable counsel in the form of direction, strategies and actionable ideas.
From this noble mission initiated under Mahathir for his MSC's 'Malaysia's gift to the world' and over the years since 1997, I would like to pose a question to the organizers, do we as Malaysians, especially ICT wannabes get the benefits form these so-called meeting of world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers.
It is not only about our money which was spent from 1997 to fly these world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers to the event, but also on the real benefits for our local IT industry, in ringgit and sen.
Who are these world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers? I may be ignorant but from the list, most are not really well-known. There were some from previous years but Bill Gates for one never really in the list, I could be wrong but over the years this is an annual forgettable event.
There is no record on the web site on the attendances or speeches of previous years world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers.
Even worse, since this group of world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers established, no single Malaysian beside those officials is in the list. We are really not moving that fast enough to produce world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers.
Please name our world's breaking feat innovations in ICT beside those attempts to break records like dropping Proton on the north pole.
The organizers should include real entrepreneurs, innovators and creators such as founders of yahoo, e-bay, amazon, google, hotmail, facebook, youtube, to name a few. These founders of Internet business are missing from guest list. It could be they are not interested to be part of this sembang-sembang and makan-makan event. Well, a waste of time!
I had conveyed a suggestion to CEO of MDeC, Badlisham when he was in Dubai last year to include certain prominent Arab leaders, including some successful Internet ventures like tejari and Dubai e-government.
The Gulf is shortage of 100,000 IT professionals, read here...are we ready to take this opportunity for our graduates?
Why not for a change, next year for the 12th meeting, world's most influential ICT leaders, thinkers and researchers can have online conferences simultaneously from their own bedrooms or toilets...so they can sleep while the others talking nonsense, especially our own PM, the best PM ever....who would then claim proudly to the world 'this is the best IAP meeting thus far in my life time!