29 August - Putrajaya, the Federal Government’s new
administrative capital is launched by the then Prime Minister Tun
Dr. Mahathir Mohammad.
1 November - The Prime Minister announces that the country has
embarked on an ambitious programme to establish the
Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia) stretching from Kuala
Lumpur City Centre to the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport
(KLIA) in Sepang
2 April - Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)
agrees to set up research and development (R&D) operations
within the MSC Malaysia.
5 June - The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is set
up to oversee the implementation of the MSC Malaysia.
1 August - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir launches the MSC
Malaysia at the inaugural Multimedia Asia Conference and
Exhibition’ 96. He also launches the MDeC, to be established with
a board of 11 directors.
6 August - The cabinet directs the implementation of key
infrastructural requirements of the MSC Malaysia, including the
backbone network, the telecommunications network, cyberlaws,
the Bill of Guarantees, and the hiring of knowledge workers.
1 September - The Prime Industries Minister Secretary General, the
late Tan Sri Dato Dr. Othman Yeop Abdullah is appointed
Chairman of MDeC.
2 October - The Malaysian Cabinet directs the Ministry of
Education to prepare for the establishment of the Multimedia
5th December-Sun Microsystems is the first company to be granted
12 December - The first Implementation Council Meeting (ICM)
chaired by the Prime Minister
13 January - The then Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir heads an
investment mission to the United States of America and Japan,
and holds meetings with world IT leaders including Bill Gates, Scott
McNeally, James Barksdale, Eckhard Pfeifer, Stan Shih, John
Chambers and Nobuyuki Idei.
16 January - The International Advisory Panel (IAP) for the MSC
Malaysia met for its first meeting chaired by Tun Dr. Mahathir
Mohamad at the Gates Building of Stanford University, California,
12 March - Cabinet announces decision to have University
Telekom or Unitele set up its multimedia faculty in the country’s first
intelligent city, Cyberjaya, marking the beginnings of the
April - The Digital Signature Act 1997, Copyright Act 1987
(Amendments), Computer Crimes Act 1997 and Telemedicine Act
1997 are passed by Parliament.
17 May - The Prime Minister performs the Groundbreaking
ceremony at Cyberjaya, officially launching Malaysia’s first
26 July - The Prime Minister launches the Concept Request For
Proposals (CRFPs) for the Flagship Applications, namely Electronic
Government, Multi-Purpose Card, Smart Schools and
29 October - Datuk Law Hieng Ding, Minister of Science,
Technology and Environment, launches the MSC Malaysia
Research and Development Grant Scheme (MGS)