My Answer to the Questionnaire For Establishment Of Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM)
This proposal signifies the ineptitude OR shortsightedness OR the slyness of the persons behind it. IT is a field where applications of knowledge of multiple domains are being used so that data or input is structured and translated to provide the appropriate stimulation to the end user in the form of output. That is basically the same for any other fields. For example, running a grocery shop, teaching in school, collecting garbage and everything under the sun. If you want to regulate IT please also regulate everything else. Let the irrationality clouds everybody.
There are several reasons of why this proposal should be scrapped.(Many more can be said about it, since ignorance is infinite)
1. There are enough laws in this country that cover disputes in IT. In the light of civil law, the Law of Contract and the Law of Torts. Any breaches of contracts or occurrences of negligent conducts in IT are covered here. There remedies are adequate.
2. There are enough criminal laws in the country that covers any criminal act or negligence. The Penal Code is sufficient. Everything is covered.
3. With respect to the Laws of the Nation, nothing is not encompassed by them with regards to IT field unless the intention of the persons promoting this proposal is to induce unfair burden to the IT community. For example, to make certain offences strict liability in nature (element of intention is not needed in order to convict the alleged person) or to reduce the burden of proof before the court of law or perhaps to make the IT community subjected to a fringe administrative court. In the light of Sacred Justice, this is unfair. It makes the job of the prosecutor easier but nothing productive will be achieved.
4. This proposal produces oxymoronic behaviors even before it is put in place. For example, the persons in the relevant ministries or any government offices (perhaps the AG chambers and MOSTI? ) will make sure that this bill will be enacted regardless whether it will be for the good or not since their career advancement will be affected by the success of this bill. The point I’m trying to make here is that the arms of the Government should be directed at solving REAL problems not the artificial ones. For once they are in full swing the momentum gathered will make them harder to stop. Hence, once they reached at the destination, it will start a ripple effect that will cause unnecessary frenzy that will cloud the objectivity of every IT persons in the country of why they are in this field in the first place.
5. So what will happen after the Act being passed? Companies will take advantage of students who yet to posses the professional title as we seen in the law firm where chambering students are being paid substandard salary. (the law firm usually maliciously put this as allowance) Luckily for the would be lawyers the standard is only around 9 months to a year. We the IT graduates will have to endure more then them (according to the proposal).
6. Another thing that will happened is the state of oligopoly in the IT industry in Malaysia. It will happen because the difficulty of opening an IT business in the country. Old firm will flourish and it will be hard for newer firm to establish. Why? because it will be late to start an enterprise or company there will be extra hurdle to overcome. Scenario: Graduated at 23 + 3 years of ‘Tutelage’ + God Knows what. Motivation will wane as we get older. The success of IT industry is not based on the rules of the profession, but rather the entrepreneurship. The more IT company exist, the better and more mature the industry will be.
7. After the Bill becomes an Act and comes into effect, the dream of a perfect IT world as we know it will never come to Malaysia. I realize that we are far from it. However, the problem does not lies in the industry but rather the academia. It is a well known fact to students in a computer science faculty, many lecturers are not even knowledgeable enough in programming and even in fundamental knowledge in the field that they are teaching. Some students who do not know programming can get a degree in computer science. This is where the Government must swing the aforementioned arm into. If you provide a medicine for the wrong illness people will die!
8. As far as I scoured the Seoul Accord website, nothing on it stated that the applicant must establish a professional body but rather they are dealing with the accreditation of programs in the IHL. So why Seoul Accord is used as an excuse to push for this proposal? Calm illogical behavior usually suggests a cunning intention. Unless further reasonable explanation is given the IT community must perceive it that way.
9. I can write better than this providing with many evidences and more arguments. However, it is illogical to do so since it will steal much treasured time from me to improve my skills in the IT industry. My suggestion is we should learn from the best. The best IT industry is in USA. Follow them. It is the straight path. Try to provide what they have in this country. They have:
a) Enough great universities with great programs and great professors.
b) Great climate to cultivate entrepreneurship in the IT industry.
c) Irrelevant body like BCPM does not exist.
a) Make sure our universities are great. Compel current and future lecturers to take a strict qualification test for them to prove their skills in IT and teaching. If they fail, suspend current lecturers and do not renew their tenure until they pass a resit and for the hopeful interviewees do not hire them. Lastly compel them to be a member of an academic professional body like BCPM that will ensure their skills to be satisfactory all the time.
b) Give more money to create start-ups and the panel giving the money should only comprised of successful venture capitalists or IT entrepreneurs preferably from successful IT nations. (But before that, mend the universities first)
c) Scrapped BCPM!