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For Immediate Release
Martin Burack
(703) 648-9888

Malaysian Telecommunications Minister, Datuk Leo Moggie Anak Irok is Keynote Speaker at INET 97, World's Premier Internet Conference

Washington, D.C. -- June 23, 1997 -- The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced that Malaysia's Minister of Posts, Telecommuniations and Broadcasting, Datuk Leo Moggie Anak Irok, will be a keynote speaker at a special plenary session at ISOC's seventh annual conference, INET 97, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, June 26, 1997.

The Internet Society is the organizer of INET 97, the premier global Internet conference to be held June 24 to 27, 1997. INET 97 is the crossroads at which the world's leaders and pioneers of cyberspace meet, share information, address significant issues, and shape the future of the Internet. INET 97, the seventh annual international conference, will include presentations of more than 100 papers and case histories, plenary sessions and panels on key Internet issues, and a wide range of seminars. More than 2,000 information technology professionals, business executives, educators and government officials from around the world are expected to attend.

"The Internet Society is honored that Telecommunications Minister Datuk Leo Moggie Anak Irok will address our annual conference, INET 97," said Donald M. Heath, President and CEO of the Internet Society. "Telekom Malaysia today is recognised as the leading telecommunications provider in Malaysia. As telecommunications is the backbone of any nation's success in embracing the full potential and opportunities of the information age, the government of Malaysia is aggressively implementing the infrastructure that will deliver the economic promise of the information age."

The Internet Society (ISOC) is the premier international organization providing leadership in the management of Internet related technical, commercial, standards, educational, and policy development issues. It's mission is to assure the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet and related internetworking technologies. The Internet Society brings diverse interests together to generate solutions that enhance the growth and progress of the Internet. ISOC is a non-profit, non-governmental membership organization with more than 100 key Internet-oriented enterprises and about 7,000 individuals from 150 countries.

Malaysia's telecommunications industry was formed about 50 years ago as public service body, but in 1987 it was privatized as Telekom Malaysia. Since that time Telekom Malaysia has forged ahead to evolve into a global player in the telecommunications industry with the goal of reaching 6 million customers by the turn of the century. Telekom Malaysia fulfills an important role in helping transform Malaysia into a telecommunications hub of the 21st Century. A major part of this effort is the construction of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) which will help make Malaysia a key regional player in the information age by attracting industry and creating jobs. Telekom Malaysia will continue to invest heavily to further improve its infrastructure including the installation of a comprehensive fiber optic cable network.

The Internet Society has added an additional plenary session on Friday, June 27 at 3:00 P.M. devoted to Malaysia's ambitious Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) high technology project. Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Othman Yeop Abdullan, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Multimedia Development Corporation, will address the current status and planned development of the MSC project.

Additional INET 97 conference information can be obtained by contacting the Internet Society at 703-648-9888;; e-mail, or by writing to 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., USA. 20191-3429.

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