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Assessing Local Population Needs in Relation to Services Provided by the Digital Community Centres (DCC) in Sarawak

The main aim of this survey is to assess the needs of the local population in relation to the capacity building activities provided by the digital community centres. In line with the aspiration of the Government to transform Sarawak through digital economy, Digital Community Centres (DCC) have been established to empower the community with skills and abilities so that they will not be left out from the digital economic transformation mainstream. The establishment of DCC is expected to improve the socio-economy, quality of life of the community as well as the development of local businesses.

This survey will cover 20 DCCs in Sarawak which were officially launched by the YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak during IDECS2020 in October 2020. The Pustaka Negeri Sarawak (Pustaka) together with the Ministry of Public Health, Housing and Local Government (MPHHLG) are responsible for coordinating the DCCs. The survey will randomly interview women, youth, elderly persons as well as entrepreneurs. The survey is expected to be completed within nine calendar months and deliver valuable information on the stage of digital literacy of the communities, and the level of awareness and knowledge on opportunities and services provided by the DCC.

Baseline Study on Sago Production and Its Downstream Activities in Betong and Mukah Divisions

The main aim of the study is to compile and create baseline data on sago production activities (including both upstream and downstream activities where available) in the Mukah and Betong Divisions. Mukah and recently Betong, are recognized as the main sago production divisions in Sarawak.

Among the specific objectives of the study are to determine the domestic production of sago starch, domestic consumption of sago starch, and the domestic market for sago starch as well as its processed end-products.

Due to the unavailability of records on the population of the sago entrepreneurs and producers (including home-based), the study will only cover acknowledged and established respondents who will be verified from the desk study, and also market players who may be traced or found during the fieldwork. The study is expected to be completed in 12 calendar months.

The study will deliver a comprehensive and up-to-date profile of the sago-related entrepreneurs in Betong and Mukah Divisions, and current statistics on local producers as well as data on the amount and value of sago starch and type of end products produced and consumed.

Digital Readiness –Northern Region

This is the final set in the series of studies exploring and assessing the digital readiness, awareness and literacy of rural communities. Previous studies looked at rural communities near Kuching, Serian, Samarahan, Sarikei, Mukah and Sibu, while this one will examine those around Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. Once again, the study aims to compile a demographic and socio-economic profile of the targeted population, to gauge their level of awareness/knowledge regarding ICT and Digital Economy, to evaluate the extent of digital access and gaps, and to appraise the level of digital literacy, competency and participatory interest, among other things. This study will utilise the same mixed methods approach that was used in the first two studies. Approximately 900 respondents are targeted for this particular study. Once again, local Pusat Internet Malaysia (PIM) will be used as a reference point. For this purpose, 16 PIMs scattered around Bintulu, Miri and Limbang will be used. In terms of mobile connectivity, the study will cover areas that are serviced by private Telecos such as Digi, Maxis and Celcom. The findings of the study are expected to provide some valuable information and data regarding the state of digital readiness of communities, electronic device ownership, skills, knowledge and awareness on digital infrastructure, digital gaps that need intervention, and inputs and recommendations for planning and decision making on requirements for digital infrastructure in Sarawak.