Many years ago, I can remember reading a fascinating article in Wired magazine about Cyberjaya, a project Malaysia was developing to build a high-tech city out of old farmland and forest.  I hadn't given it a thought since that mid-1997 article was published, at least not until the taxi ride to the hotel last night passed a freeway exit marked "Cyberjaya".  Thus, I was determined to find out the current story.
The opportunity came during a press interview with the Star, Malaysia's largest English-language daily newspaper (and completely unrelated to the US tabloid of the same name).  The reporter, Amar Sohan, said that Cyberjaya has been successful, though it isn't carrying as large a profile as it did when it opened in 1999.  Many multi-national companies have set up operations there, including IBM.  Local IT/high tech companies are also operating there.  And there are residential and commerical areas as well.  It seems visionary to have realized at the time that the land could be put to better use modernizing Malaysia's economy.
Cyberjaya has an online community website -- it still seems as fascinating as it was when that article first appeared years ago.
Cyberjaya is part of what Malaysia calls the MSC -- "multimedia super corridor", the road between K-L the city and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  Apparently it's quite a badge of pride to be part of, as the IBMers here have "MSC-Status Company" printed on their business cards.  The Wired article covers the whole thing -- it would be interesting for them to revisit the topic seven years later.
Otherwise, today's IBM Workplace launch here in Malaysia was a great event.  It was held at the Sunway Lagoon resort hotel -- in the suburbs, near the residential areas, since apparently the traffic to get to a city location would have made it prohibitive for many to attend.  The Sunway Lagoon looks a bit like Vegas in the middle of the concrete jungle -- they have a sphinx, a pyramid, and a huge water/amusement park.  I thought we were going to ride the roller coaster after lunch, but no dice.  Instead, I had some nice conversations with business partners about skilling up in Java vs. ongoing Domino investment, questions about Notes/Domino licensing, and constant reminders about how bandwidth is still at a premium here.  One surprise learning of the day -- English is the language of IT/business in Malaysia.  I don't think I heard a single word of Bahasa during the day, even in sidebar conversations between colleagues.
On a break now, but planning to try to get into the city proper yet tonight.  Of all things, I've been invited to attend a rock show -- I'll save the details for later, depending on whether or not I actually end up going.

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