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There is currently an initiative to establish a Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM), which will function to accredit ICT academic programmes, as well as to promote, facilitate and regulate the profession (very much like the Board of Engineers for engineering, and the Bar Council for the legal profession, etc.). This initiative is under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MOSTI) and led by the National ICT Human Resource Task Force under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and within the ICT Human Capital Development Framework.
We would like to invite all ICT practitioners and those related to the profession to participate in an on-line survey that will be open for responses from Monday 28 June 2012 (00:00) to Monday 11 June 2012 (24:00). The survey aims to solicit feedback from the ICT community to determine the overall suitability and general acceptance to the proposal for the establishment of the BCPM. The survey site is at

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  1. 1. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Questionnaire For Establishment Of Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM) This questionnaire is to solicit feedback from the ICT community to determine the overall suitability and general acceptance to the proposal for the establishment of the Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM). Objective This questionnaire is to solicit feedback from the ICT community to determine the overall suitability and general acceptance to the proposal for the establishment of the Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM). Context The proposal for the establishment of the BCPM is the third of three strategic thrusts recommended by the National ICT Human Resource Task Force under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) within the ICT Human Capital Development Framework. The framework provides a set of national initiatives towards producing more resilient ICT graduates and transforming the country into a producer nation in ICT software and applications. This is to be attained via the development of a sufficiently large and readily available pool of highly competent computing professionals, being those who innovate, design, implement and maintain computers, computing systems, and computing applications. [More details are available at http://goo.gl/nXBwb] A draft Bill (RUU – Rang Undang-Undang) for this purpose had been prepared in December 2011, which was circulated for a preliminary discussion on an Open Day held at MOSTI on Tuesday 13 December 2011, with the period for feedback left open until Friday 30 January 2012. The feedback obtained was analysed and discussed, which subsequently led to the contents of the questionnaire in this survey. This survey will be open for responses, either through face-to-face at the end of a series of awareness programme sessions, or through a portal, for a period of 15 days from Monday 28 May to Monday 11 June. The results of this survey will be analysed and the appropriate recommendations will be forwarded to the Ministry of Science and Innovations (MOSTI) for the appropriate action. Ultimately, based on the results, the draft Bill/RUU will be: Amended accordingly and tabled at Parliament for adoption; or Adopted via other means (e.g. via Industry); or Abandoned altogether. Underlying Intentions First and foremost, it is crucial to note that the Bill/RUU is only a vehicle, where the exact underlying intentions are to have the following: To establish a class of Professionals that can be distinguished from ordinary IT providers and will also guarantee a certain level of expertise/standards and be accountable for their services. To attain international recognition and/or equivalence, especially via the Seoul Accord (see below), and in particular for our Computing/ICT degrees. The questionnaire will address the six points that support the underlying intentions for the establishment of the BCPM, the associated Bill, and the overall implementation, namely the following: 1. The need for Certification of Professionals and to sign the Seoul Accord: There has always been a strong desire to make our Computing/ICT graduates have a professional status (akin to engineers, medical doctors, accountants, etc.) as well as be internationally recognised as such. Three points are very relevant here: The best way to achieve both is to sign the Seoul Accord (equivalent to the Washington Accord for engineering), which will not only enforce the maintenance of the required level to be considered professionals, but it also provides a status that is recognised worldwide. However, all signatories of the Seoul Accord need to have a Board (or Society or any entity) that is equivalent to the proposed BCPM, which will have to be accorded the necessary authority and be responsible to audit and accredit1 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  2. 2. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Computing/ICT programmes, to register professional members, and to regulate them. It is important to note that with the professional status comes a considerably high degree of responsibility, especially in terms of a guarantee of quality and accountability. 2. The need for a Bill/RUU: Unlike in many countries, it is by tradition and practice that all Boards of Professionals in Malaysia had been set up via an Act of Parliament, and this is strongly perceived to be so (else, few will feel the compulsion to adhere to the Board’s regulations). In any case, the Bill can be seen to be the surest and fastest way of getting the underlying intentions implemented. 3. Registration with BCPM will be voluntary: Once the BCPM is set up, four points are of major relevance: Graduates from the BCPM (hence Seoul Accord) accredited degrees will automatically qualify to be Registered Computing Practitioners, and later become Registered Computing Professionals after acquiring some experience and satisfying certain criteria. Both registrations will also be open to other graduates and even non-graduates based on certain required and proven experience to be established by the Board. The above are essentially criteria to qualify for registration, but no individual is compelled to be registered with the BCPM, and once registered may also opt to de-register himself. There have also been proposals to have the category of Registered Computing Service Providers for companies, but should this proposal be accepted, registration will also be voluntary. 4. Regulatory matters apply only to BCPM registered members: In the implementation of the Act and the BCPM, three points are to be noted: The provisions of the Act and the ensuing regulations (from the Act and from the Board) apply only to its registered members, and hence only to individuals (and not the companies or institutions they represent). [The exception would be for the Registered Computing Service Providers should the category be adopted.] The above would mean that there will be no official regulations that would compel projects (government or otherwise) to be proposed and carried out only by BCPM registered members. Nonetheless, it is also important to note that project owners (government or otherwise) may voluntarily choose for their projects to be proposed and carried out by BCPM registered members only – as is the case for a few countries with their BCPM equivalent (and often with the addition of ISO conditions). 5. The Board needs to be neutral: To ensure acceptance by the ICT community, industry and the public in general, the Board needs to be neutral at all levels and it has to be seen to be so: This has to be in terms of its composition (the President and executive members), the decisions it makes, its actions, etc. Neutrality, impartiality and independence of the Board are also strict pre-conditions to qualify for signing the Seoul Accord. 6. The Board needs to be sustainable: Like all other Boards of Professionals, BCPM has to be financially sustainable (after a possible initial grant from the Government). This would typically be from fees from accreditation exercises, subscriptions from registered members, and from several professional activities. The Seoul Accord As mentioned, one of the main reasons for establishing BCPM is to be able to sign the Seoul Accord. Established in December 2008, the Seoul Accord is a multi-lateral mutual recognition agreement among agencies responsible for the accreditation or recognition of undergraduate computing and IT related programmes. The Seoul Accords vision is to become recognised internationally as a leader in defining and promulgating standards and guidelines for the academic preparation of computing professionals. The Seoul Accord is non-governmental and is not affiliated with any country.2 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  3. 3. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... The Seoul Accord has since become the international authority on quality assurance and the promotion and development of best practices for the improvement of education in the computing and IT-related professions. The Accord establishes the equivalence in terms of outcomes relative to the preparation for professional practice. [More details (in particular, for governance and graduate attributes) are available at http://goo.gl/nXBwb ] One of the many benefits of signing the Seoul Accord is that the agreement and the resulting standard that it creates allows the Malaysian public and private sector to recruit with confidence computing or Information Technology workers from around the world with accredited degrees. It also helps graduates from Malaysian institutions of higher learning who want to work or study abroad be recognised world-wide if Malaysia is a signatory. The accredited degrees here refer to those that comply with the standards of the curricula and targeted graduate attributes as stipulated by the Seoul Accord, which establishes an internationally recognised ‘desired’ level of quality of programmes and graduates. Currently there are eight signatories, the British Computer Society, Australian Computer Society, Canadian Information Processing Society, ABET Inc (USA), JABEE (Japan), ABEEK (Republic of Korea), HKIE (Hong Kong) and IEET (Taiwan). The signatories to the Accord need to be authorities, agencies, or institutions that are representative of the computing and IT-related community and that have statutory powers or recognised professional authority for accrediting/recognising programmes designed to satisfy the academic requirements for professional computing and IT-related practice within a defined jurisdiction (e.g. country, economy, geographic region). In Malaysia, by tradition and practice, a Bill is required to empower/accord a body as such. There are 42 questions in this survey General 1 [GENERALQ1]Where are you in the ICT community? * Please also fill in the "other comment" field. Please choose only one of the following: Computer Science/ ICT Student Computer Science/ ICT Academic Staff Government ICT Department ICT Vendor (Retail & Distribution) Multinational or Large ICT Company SME software & application development company SME ICT community providers (esp. social media) and free lancers ICT User None of the above 2 [GENERALQ2]Please indicate your citizenship status? * Please choose only one of the following: Malaysian citizen3 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  4. 4. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Permanent resident in Malaysia Citizen of a developed nation Citizen of a developing nation 3 [GENERALQ3]Please indicate your age group? * Please choose only one of the following: Below 20 21-25 26-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 Above 60 4 [GENERALQ3a]Please indicate your number of years of working experience in ICT? * Please choose only one of the following: Beginner Below 5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Above 254 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  5. 5. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 5 [GENERALQ4]Do you have an academic Computer Science/ICT qualification? * Please also fill in the "other comment" field. Please choose only one of the following: Doctor of Philosophy Masters Bachelors Diploma Not Applicable Others – Please specify (e.g. CCNA) 6 [GENERALQ5]If you do not have a Computer Science/ICT qualification, what base qualification do you have? * Please also fill in the "other comment" field. Please choose only one of the following: Science Engineering Business Social Science/Humanities Not Applicable Other 7 [GENERALQ6]Are you a member of any Professional Body (locally or internationally)? If yes, please specify. Please write your answer here:5 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  6. 6. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 8 [GENERALQ7]In your current position, what are you? * Please also fill in the "other comment" field. Please choose only one of the following: CEO/Owner of an ICT company Manager in a position to employ (e.g. CIO) Employee Self-employed Other 9 [GENERALQ8]In your current position, what is your monthly income (estimated, if self-employed)? * Please choose only one of the following: RM40,000 and above RM30,000-RM39,999 RM20,000-RM29,999 RM10,000-RM19,999 RM5,000-RM9,999 Below RM5,000 10 [GENERALQ9]In your current position, what is the number of ICT employees in your department/organisation? * Please choose only one of the following: 1-5 6-10 11-20 21-50 51-100 Above 100 11 [GENERALQ10]Please provide your contact detail? Please write your answer(s) here: Email address6 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  7. 7. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Phone number Phone number is only necessary if e-mail is not available.7 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  8. 8. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Part 1: The need for Certification of Professionals and to sign the Seoul Accord There has always been a strong desire to make our Computing/ICT graduates have a professional status (akin to engineers, medical doctors, accountants, etc.) as well as be internationally recognised as such. Three points are very relevant here: The best way to achieve both is to sign the Seoul Accord (equivalent to the Washington Accord for engineering), which will not only enforce the maintenance of the required level to be considered professionals, but it also provides a status that is recognised worldwide. However, all signatories of the Seoul Accord need to have a Board (or Society or any entity) that is equivalent to the proposed BCPM, which will have to be accorded the necessary authority and be responsible to audit and accredit Computing/ICT programmes, to register professional members, and to regulate them. It is important to note that with the professional status comes a considerably high degree of responsibility, especially in terms of a guarantee of quality and accountability.8 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  9. 9. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 12 [PART1Q1]Currently in Malaysia, not many disciplines are officially recognised as professionals (those that are include engineers, medical doctors, lawyers, architects, accountants, etc.). Please state whether you agree or otherwise to the following general statements: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Having an official professional status is an advantage Computing/ICT practitioners should be considered as professionals for SELECTED subdomains only (e.g. software & network architects, software developers, etc. – with the subdomains to be specified later) Computing/ICT should also be considered a professional domain for ALL service providers Computing/ICT graduates currently have problems to be recognised as professionals (albeit unofficial) Computing/ICT graduates currently tend to earn lower salaries compared to officially recognised professionals Only computing/ICT graduates should be considered for professional status All computing/ICT practitioners with proven experience should be considered for professional status (the criteria will be determined later) There is absolutely no necessity for professional status in ICT 13 [PART1Q2]Software and applications have been developed and deployed in almost every industry in Malaysia, with the supplying company taking responsibility for the resulting quality and reliability (and not the individuals involved). Please state whether you agree or otherwise to the following statements: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No ALL ICT products should be produced only by certified experts in the field SELECTED ICT products should be produced only by certified experts in the field (the list will have to be determined later), others being open to all ALL computer based systems that are ready to be deployed have to be signed-off (as with other professionals) and taken under the responsibility of the person(s) who signed them off SELECTED computer based systems that are ready to be deployed have to be signed-off and taken into the responsibility by the person(s) who signed them off (the list will have to be determined later) 14 [PART1Q3]Certified professionals are regulated by some officially established Board of Professionals for that domain. Please state whether you agree or not that having certified computing/ICT professionals (as the one for Engineering – Ir.) will result in the following: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No It will give official recognition to IT practitioners9 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  10. 10. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No It will facilitate the use of good practices based on global standards It will create responsibility and accountability among professionals 15 [PART1Q4]If Malaysia qualifies to sign as a member of the Seoul Accord, it will make our Certified Computing Professional (which has to be through a BCPM) be recognised internationally – meaning that one can offer his/her professional services at an international level. * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No This is good for the individual This is good for the industry 16 [PART1Q5]Signing the Seoul Accord also enforces the maintenance of the required level to be considered professionals – meaning that curricula, best practices and ethics will have to follow international standards. Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the following statements: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No This will enhance the creativity and competency of our graduates This will enhance the professionalism of the computing workforce This will prepare for better software development within the country (compared to current system integration and customisation) This will lead to better acceptance and utilisation of local software 17 [PART1Q6]The following is only to gauge an overall judgement: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Undecided The certification of ICT professionals is good for the industry The establishment of BCPM should be supported We should sign the Seoul Accord Part 2: The need for a Bill/RUU Unlike in many countries, it is by tradition and practice that all Boards of Professionals in Malaysia had been set up via an Act of Parliament, and this is strongly perceived to be so (else, few will feel the compulsion to adhere to the Board’s regulations). In any case, the Bill can be seen to be the surest and fastest way of getting the underlying intentions implemented. 18 [PART2Q1]To date, all Boards of Professionals in Malaysia had been set up via an Act of Parliament. Please state whether you agree or otherwise to the following statements: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No10 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  11. 11. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No Engineering and all the other Boards of Professionals in Malaysia could have achieved the same goals without an act of Parliament An organically grown Board will take a long time to set up and gain acceptance by academia and industry Computing in Malaysia already has a strong voice to express concerns relating to ICT to our leaders and for working on international platforms 19 [PART2Q2]Please indicate your choice as to how BCPM should be set up (or not), noting that the body that can sign the Seoul Accord has to be independent, representative of the ICT community, and has to carry out audit and accredit academic programmes of universities (and naturally with the statutory powers or the recognised professional authority to do so): * Please choose only one of the following: Self-regulation – a ‘free for all’ ICT environment Government regulated – by some Ministry (or Ministries) Industry regulated – by an existing body (e.g. PIKOM) Society regulated – by an existing body (e.g. MNCC) Incorporating into an existing Act and hence Board (e.g. Board of Engineering) Incorporating into other proposed Acts and hence Boards (e.g. Board of Technologies) Board regulated – new and organically grown Board regulated – new and set up by an Act11 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  12. 12. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Part 3: Registration with BCPM will be voluntary Once the BCPM is set up, four points are of major relevance: Graduates from the BCPM (hence Seoul Accord) accredited degrees will automatically qualify to be Registered Computing Practitioners, and later become Registered Computing Professionals after acquiring some experience and satisfying certain criteria. Both registrations will also be open to other graduates and even non-graduates based on certain required and proven experience to be established by the Board. The above are essentially criteria to qualify for registration, but no individual is compelled to be registered with the BCPM, and once registered may also opt to de-register himself. There have also been proposals to have the category of Registered Computing Service Providers for companies, but should this proposal be accepted, registration will also be voluntary. 20 [PART3Q1]Which of the following categories are deemed necessary: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Registered Computing Practitioner (a minimum level prior to being a full professional) Registered Computing Professional (a full professional with proven experience) Registered Computing Service Provider (for companies) 21 [PART3Q2]In line with the underlying intentions, the category of Registered Computing Practitioner will be automatically awarded to those holding BCPM accredited Computing/ICT degrees, but the opportunity should also be open to others. Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the proposals below: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No It should be open to all individuals with MQA accredited Computing/ICT degrees, provided they have proven experience in the domain The above should also include diploma holders in Computing/ICT The above should also include all degree holders The above should also include all diploma holders The above should be open to all IT practitioners 22 [PART3Q3]For those without BCPM accredited Computing/ICT degrees and wishing to be Registered Computing Practitioners, which of the following should be inspected or conducted: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Experience (the norm is a minimum of 3 years)12 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  13. 13. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No Documented project reports from work Professional exams Professional interviews (oral exams) Project or hands-on exams 23 [PART3Q3a]If you want to specify others for the question above – please specify : Please write your answer here: 24 [PART3Q4]All Registered Computing Practitioners will need to acquire experience and satisfy certain criteria before being accepted as Registered Computing Professionals. To this goal, which of the following should be inspected or conducted: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Experience (the norm is a minimum of 2-3 years) Documented project reports from work Professional exams Professional interviews (oral exams) Project or hands-on exams13 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  14. 14. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 25 [PART3Q4a]If you want to specify others for the question above – please specify : Please write your answer here: 26 [PART3Q5]In many professional domains (engineering, architecture, etc.), academics need not be registered members, but it would be an advantage. Nonetheless, the corresponding Boards of Professionals would insist on a certain percentage of a faculty to be registered. Please state your opinion: * Please choose only one of the following: All faculty members should be registered with the Board There should at least be 50% of the staff registered with the Board There should at least be 25% of the staff registered with the Board There should at least be 1-10% of the staff registered with the Board There need not be any staff registered with the Board The percentage should be determined by the Board 27 [PART3Q6]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the general statements below: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Employers will tend to employ Certified Computing Practitioners and Certified Computing Professionals compared to non-registered ones Project owners will tend to favour companies with Certified Computing Practitioners and Certified Computing Professionals compared to those with non-registered ones to execute their projects Smaller and less critical projects will not require Certified Computing Practitioners and Certified Computing Professionals and hence will cost much less Companies that work on smaller and less critical projects need not and will not put emphasis on Certified Computing Practitioners and Certified Computing Professionals 28 [PART3Q7]Should there be a BCPM (in on form or another): *14 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  15. 15. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No I believe I will qualify to be a registered/certified member I will want to register in BCPM15 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  16. 16. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Part 4: Regulatory matters apply only to BCPM registered members In the implementation of the Act and the BCPM, three points are to be noted: The provisions of the Act and the ensuing regulations (from the Act and from the Board) apply only to its registered members, and hence only to individuals (and not the companies or institutions they represent). [The exception would be for the Registered Service Providers should the category be adopted.] The above would mean that there will be no official regulations that would compel projects (government or otherwise) to be proposed and carried out only by BCPM registered members. Nonetheless, it is also important to note that project owners (government or otherwise) may voluntarily choose for their projects to be proposed and carried out by BCPM registered members only – as is the case for a few countries with their BCPM equivalent (and often with the addition of ISO conditions). - 29 [PART4Q1]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements below on restrictions on ICT jobs that can or cannot be taken by registered members and non-registered members, which need to be driven by the Bill/RUU. Here, ‘Registered Parties’ refer to Registered Computing Practitioners, Registered Computing Professionals, and Registered Computing Service Providers, and noting that Registered Parties will have to register their domain(s) of qualification and expertise : * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No ONLY Registered Parties should be allowed to do certain ICT jobs – this means non-registered parties will not be allowed to do those jobs (the list will be determined later) Registered Parties should be allowed to do jobs ONLY in those domains they have been registered for – as opposed to being allowed to do all ICT jobs All ICT jobs should be open to all parties (registered and non-registered), and it is up to the project owners to determine the conditions to be imposed (this is current practice) – this means that for projects such as those within the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII), it will be up to the various Ministries to set the conditions, and not by legislation. This is a very key question. 30 [PART4Q2]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements on regulations below, which also need to be driven by the Bill/RUU : * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No All regulations should apply only to individuals, namely Registered Computing Practitioners and Registered Computing Professionals (and not the companies or institutions they represent) [except for Registered Computing Service Providers]16 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  17. 17. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No No additional regulations should apply on businesses and projects (including for CNII), but project owners may determine the conditions to be imposed Those who opt to register with BCPM should be strictly regulated in order to uphold the integrity of the profession, and they will not be allowed to de-register when there are pending investigations Registered members who do not comply with the regulations are usually given warnings, and severe and/or repeat offences may lead to de-registration. Should fines be also included? This is another very key question. 31 [PART4Q3]National level regulations tend to hurt small businesses, where in the case of ICT, possibly the Open Source community service providers. Curricula in Malaysia (and also the Seoul Accord) advocate the use of Open Source, while no regulations have been planned that directly refer to Open Source, but there may be side-effects. Please indicate your agreement or otherwise on the following statements : * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No The Bill/RUU may be a hindrance to the use of the Open Source license based on the underlying principles of Open Source The establishment of BCPM will promote the development, usage and sharing of Open Source software and applications 32 [PART4Q4]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements below on what the establishment of BCPM may lead to given the proposals (compare with other Boards of Professionals): * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No It will not be a hurdle to business in general Rise in the quality of practitioners in the country Tax-payers money will be not wasted in incompetent software development Foreign ICT workers will not outnumber local ICT workers 33 [PART4Q5]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements below on negligence: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Negligence in signing off for physical infrastructure (bridges, buildings) is a punishable crime Negligence in the design, development and commissioning of software and applications for mission critical usage (be it for human or financial safety) should be a punishable crime17 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  18. 18. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No Negligence in the design, development and commissioning of software and applications for public consumption (e.g. software to be used by Malaysian children) should be a punishable crime In the above, action should be taken even if the development was done overseas Fines of up to RM50,000 on registered members are acceptable (the norm is about RM20,000) The maximum fines should be reduced considerably18 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  19. 19. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Part 5: The Board needs to be neutral To ensure acceptance by the ICT community, industry and the public in general, the Board needs to be neutral at all levels and it has to be seen to be so: This has to be in terms of its composition (the President and executive members), the decisions it makes, its actions, etc. Neutrality, impartiality and independence of the Board are also strict pre-conditions to qualify for signing the Seoul Accord. - 34 [PART5Q1]The Board should be set up with a balance of the following members, all being in Computing/ICT and almost all having to be Registered Computing Professionals or Registered Computing Practitioners: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Academia Computing/ICT Societies Industry (general) Large Corporations Government institutions SMEs in Computing/ICT ICT Skills Trainers Alumni of local universities 35 [PART5Q1a]If you want to specify others for the question above – please specify : Please write your answer here: 36 [PART5Q2]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements below on appointments: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item:19 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  20. 20. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Yes No There should be an equal composition of the Board members amongst public, private and academia Members of the Board are appointed by the Minister The Minister may, at any time, revoke the appointment of any member of the Board The Board should be governed by its registered members through AGM/elections (similar to the model employed by the Bar Council and several other Boards) 37 [PART5Q3]Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the statements below on BCPM’s main roles: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No The Board’s primary role should be the accreditation of programmes The Board’s other primary role should put facilitating ICT activities and businesses, and promoting global acceptance above regulating the profession (indeed both are needed) The Board’s other primary role should put regulating the profession above facilitating ICT activities and businesses, and promoting global acceptance (indeed both are needed)20 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  21. 21. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... Part 6: The Board needs to be sustainable Like all other Boards of Professionals, BCPM has to be financially sustainable (after a possible initial grant from the Government). This would typically be from fees from accreditation exercises, subscriptions from registered members, and from several professional activities.21 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  22. 22. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 38 [PART6Q1]1. Please indicate your agreement or otherwise to the general statements below: * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No The Board should be able to be self-funding after (possibly) an initial grant from the Government Subscriptions and accreditation fees comparable to those imposed by other Boards of Professionals (especially the Board of Engineering) should be acceptable If the Board is run in a similar manner to other Boards of Professionals (especially the Board of Engineering), the costs to organisations and business should not differ very significantly Summary Questions Summary Questions Based on ealier explanations, several points are very pertinent: Whether or not there should be a regulatory body for ICT, in particular the proposed BCPM, with minimally the following functions: - Auditing and accrediting academic programmes (working towards signing the Seoul Accord) - Promoting the domain, including facilitating ICT activities and businesses - Regulating its registered members If there were to be one, it can take one of the following forms: - Government established entity within a Ministry (or under several Ministries) - Existing entity within industry, and a non-governmental body (e.g. PIKOM) - Existing Computing Society, and a non-governmental body (e.g. MNCC) - Newly formed entity (with participation from all the above) Such an entity, existing or newly established, can operate either via general acceptance by other parties (organically grown), or given the necessary authority via an Act (Establishment Act): - Incorporated within an existing Act (e.g. Board of Engineering or the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998) - Incorporated within another proposed Act (e.g. Board of Technologies) Specific to ICT An additional clause in the Act may be needed to regulate the industry to ensure the following, which will make its operations similar to other Professional Bodies (without which, they can still be voluntarily imposed on a case to case basis by project owners), such as: - ONLY Registered Parties will be allowed to do certain ICT jobs (meaning non-registered parties will not be allowed to do those jobs) - Registered Parties should be allowed to do jobs ONLY in those domains they have been registered for (as opposed to being allowed to do all ICT jobs).22 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  23. 23. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... 39 [SUMMARYQ1]Should there be a regulatory entitity for ICT – do you agree to the proposed establishment of BCPM?: * Please choose only one of the following: Yes No 40 [SUMMARYQ2]If your response is Y to the above, then indicate how should the regulatory entity be established: Please choose only one of the following: Under a government entity (Ministry or Ministries) Within an industry entity such as PIKOM Within a non-governmental Society such as MNCC Under an existing Act (e.g. Board of Engineering, Multimedia Act, etc.) Under a proposed Act such as Malaysian Board of Technologist (MBOT) As a new entity specifically for ICT 41 [SUMMARYQ3]Pertaining to the possibility/necessity of an Act (see 3rd and 4th bullet points in the introduction): * Please choose the appropriate response for each item: Yes No Should there be an Establishment Act to formalise the regulatory entity and to give it the necessary authority (but not covering below)? Should there be an additional clause in the Act to regulate the industry (as described in the Introduction above)? 42 [SUMMARYQ4]Other comments (if any): Please write your answer here:23 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM
  24. 24. KICT IIUM Survey Portal - Questionnaire For Establishm... http://kict.iium.edu.my/survey/admin/admin.php?action... We thank you for participating in this survey. Please submit by 01.01.1970 – 07:30 Submit your survey. Thank you for completing this survey.24 of 24 06/04/2012 08:34 AM

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