Recently, there was a misconception about the proposed BCPM Act currently being drafted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). The claim is that the new Act will regulate computing practitioners and force them to register with a new Board called the Board of Computing Professional and that those who are not registered with this new board would not be allowed to practise programming, software engineering or apply for government tenders regardless of their years of experience or other qualifications.
BCPM does not aim to regulate the computing profession in the nation but only applies to those that are identified as Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) entities with the intent to safeguard the interest of the nation in view of the current dynamic and challenging global environments. CNII is defined as those assets, systems and functions that are vital to the nation that their incapacity or destruction would have a devastating impact on National economic strength or National image or National defence and security or Government capability to function or Public health and safety. The CNII entities will be as identified by the The Chief Government Security Office (CGSO).
Let’s look at those identified as CNII entities according to CNII Portal’s Website
The CNII sectors are:
- National Defence & Security
- Banking & Finance
- Information & Communications
- Health Services
- Emergency Services
- Food & Agriculture
Anyone heard of this latest news on MOSTI – Computing Professional Bill 2011 #CBP2011 Twitter
Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) telah diberi tanggungjawab bagi mengendalikan penubuhan Lembaga Jurukomputer Malaysia (Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia – BCPM). Sehubungan dengan itu, pihak Sekretariat ingin mendapatkan pandangan dan cadangan daripada orang awam mengenai penubuhan BCPM. Satu sesi open day akan diadakan mengikut ketetapan berikut:
Tarikh: 13 Disember 2011 (Selasa)
Masa: 9.30 pagi – 5.00 petang
Tempat: Dewan Perhimpunan, Aras 1, Blok C4, Kompleks C, Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi
Semua dijemput hadir.
Last Updated ( Friday, 09 December 2011 ) via MOSTI Website
”Computer nerds and scientists aside, what we find very discomforting about this bill is that it seems to be drafted without any set limitations to its reach. The Bill applies to “Computing Practitioners” while the “Computing” context is defined as a goal-oriented activity to plan, architect, design, create, develop, implement,use and manage information technology or information technology systems. The only thing left for intepretation is whether it only applies to those who have a job in the industry or otherwise. How does one define a job? Does a full time blogger, or a ecommerce store owner, or someone with a Facebook fan page come under the purview of this Bill?” – Taken from the forum. Wise words.
There is a huge buzz in the Malaysian Cyberspace at this late hour thanks to this draft copy of the soon to be tabled Computing Professionals Bill 2011. We will leave this here for now for those who want to see what the fuss is all about and post more feedback and reactions tomorrow once we are able to get more detailed information.
Summary of the Draft (UPDATED) – By Lowyat.net Founder – Vijandren Ramadass
– To create a Professional Body for Computing Professionals.
– To make it mandatory for any individual who is dealing with the Computing Industry to be registered.
– Registration with the Professional Body will be regulated by a Committee, with fees involved.
– Dealing in the Computing Industry in Malaysia without being registered with the Professional Body will make the individual liable to a fine not exceeding RM20,000, or a six month jail term or both.
Computer nerds and scientists aside, what we find very discomforting about this bill is that it seems to be drafted without any set limitations to its reach. The Bill applies to “Computing Practitioners” while the “Computing” context is defined as a goal-oriented activity to plan, architect, design, create, develop, implement,use and manage information technology or information technology systems. The only thing left for intepretation is whether it only applies to those who have a job in the industry or otherwise. How does one define a job? Does a full time blogger, or a ecommerce store owner, or someone with a Facebook fan page come under the purview of this Bill?
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