The Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) has one main purpose, and that is to enhance the service to Malaysians and ultimately attract foreign investors to create an international network of research & development via means of telemarketing and et cetera. It was well understood from the initial stage that the MSC would require much more than just high-speed data network and other basic infrastructure to attract companies on various hierarchy levels. In Cyberjaya, global employees are allocated to offices of international standards with environments conducive for work; with an unlimited array of commercial services that are fortified by professionals in the related fields.
The Cyberjaya project was born with the above plans in mind. Phase One was introduced by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Once a 730-hectare space covered with rubber plantations, it is now the “intelligent garden city”; its full cost estimated to be USD5.3 billion. One only needs to visit Cyberjaya to know that this is definitely the place that will usher Malaysia into the forefront of Information Technology.
Designed to comfortably house an average population of 240,000, the estimated majority of 90,000 is designated to live within the Flagship Development Zone. The “cyber city” has its main purpose, and that is to provide office space for high-tech companies, business and recreational facilities, housing and supporting infrastructure. An example of notable lush residency is Cyberia Crescent. It portrays an image of an elite townhouse with spacious and low-density apartments. By the year 2020, Cyberjaya is expected to be the sector with 500 IT companies, and this monumental growth is aligned with the city’s planning.
The area is beautifully balanced out with some of Malaysia’s most talked-about landscaped gardens and parks. Landscaped locations worth a mention are the Cyberjaya Neighbourhood Park and the Cyberjaya Lake Gardens. Even the infrastructure of the educational institutes here match in architectural beauty; the Multimedia University and Lim Kok Wing University College of Creative Technology. The Multimedia University was spawned in 1999 with the aim of producing cream-of-the-crop IT and multimedia graduates to add on to Malaysia’s skilled sector. Lim Kok Wing University College of Creative Technology educates its students on technological arts. The main courses available delves into finer details of art; such as graphic design, multimedia, mass communications, professional communications, interior design, fashion merchandise, architecture, music (performing arts) and even a course on hairstyling. The exterior of the Lim Kok Wing University College of Creative Technology itself is an art to be appreciated. An inventive structure inside out, the entire building is adorned with a fusion of steel infrastructural beams and enormous slabs of glass panes.
The essential infrastructure that is woven and powers Cyberjaya are telephone lines, power roads and fibre-optic cables. Though all crucial foundations are in place, the city is still very much a work in progress. Cyberjaya, or the “cyber city” as some know it, prominently occupies a well-deserved seat on the Multimedia Super Corridor, or in the world for all technological purposes; helping students and professionals advance in the super futuristic age of Information Technology!