We have had quite a few chats about the Network Centric Operations or NCO that was developed initially by the Americans in the early 90's and then how the country is now working hard to develop its own system to counter or rival any around the region. There has been jive on Twitter using the hashtag #nco_nurul and YB Nurul has been kind enough to engage in this conversation so that we can find the source of the problem if any, rectify it and try to move on.
From readings and work done on the web, the Network Centric Operations or NCO was slowly started as an R&D in Sapura somewhere between 2005 and 2006. This is when they believed that there was a need to stabilise the region by developing a home grown NCO which did not rely on any other countries software softcode and codex. The reason is that though it would be cheaper to just parcel on NCO to us, we would not have the security and capability to be in full control of that system.
Take for instance iPhone or Samsung. These two phones have INBUILT software made on their own requirments. Something that we the consumer will never know, and how they transmit that information back to homebase for datagathering and troubleshooting. It is not that they are stealing our privacy inforamtion, but it tantamounts to that. So Sapura is working along the same lines.
After doing a corporate check up on Sapura, I still dont see the relation between them and UMNO. Their board is full of scientists and smart engineers who probably devoted most of their life creating something with their professions, and the chairman and vice presidents dont look any political than the next UMNO stooge around the block. Then I went through any accounts or audits I could muster up on the web and it looks like this company does the Research and Development FIRST before it tries to sell it to the Government. That is IF the Government wants to buy such high end technology. So there is no contract to buy, I don't know of any company that is willing to do such a thing. So why do they ?
If you look at their capable Scientists, you wonder why would they want to sell to the Government and not our neighbours who would pay handsomely for such high end technology. This maybe due to their philantrophic characters of their many board directors who hold dear to them engineering and science that must be passed on from one generation to the other.
Hey, I'm not saying what Sapura is doing is RIGHT, but neither am I saying its WRONG. Its just that sometimes we bark up the wrong tree just because somebody parks some information on our table. Without actually doing some background checks and homework, we then go around making press conferences and sending memorandums here and there, at the end is it worth anything ? I make no claims that Sapura is the best in this technology, but we need to know the truth before we go around hammering someone.
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