In recognising the social significance of IT, Southeast Asian countries have launched a number of ambitious IT infrastructure initiatives. Singapore adopted an IT2000 Master Plan in 1991 to transform the nation into an "Intelligent Island". Malaysia launched its Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) initiative in 1996. The Philippines has launched a "Smart Philippines" IT initiative, while Japan is actively building its Fibre Optic Info-Communication Network connecting every business and household for an Intellectually Creative Society to meet social and economic restructuring in the 21st century (Mansell 1998:190). South Korea, Turkey, Brazil and India are also transforming their telecommunications environment and preparing major policy changes to pave the way for the creation of information infrastructure initiatives and their entry into the information age.
Recommended CitationBanerjee, I. and Annuar, M. K., The promise and pitfalls of leapfrogging - The Malaysian experience, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 6, 1999, 133-143.