For Information Technology(IT)
graduates, to be part of an innovative company and work on a ground
breaking project can be a dream come true. Five local graduates had
that chance recently.
Cheryl Grace Lee Wai Choo, 25, Husin
Dieh Ung Teck, 25, Andrew Lim Seong Loong, 26, Lim How Wei, 25, and
Lew Tuan Pok, 27, who work for Handisplay Sdn Bhd. Is working on the
company's latest project called Handimail.
Handimail is a locally-produced
technology that gives users the ability to receive and send e-mails
via a GSM phone that does not have WAP or GPRS capabilities.
“I am interested in wireless
communications and when I had the opportunity to work on Handimail I
jumped at the chance, “ said Dieh.
Cheryl, is a self-confessed programming
junky, who is in charge of the “front-end” aspects of the
technology, is a Universiti Tenaga Malaysia (Uniten) graduate.
“Front end means how the
programme looks to the end user and in the case Handimail. I liased
with the User Interface designer to create the final product.”
Lim, who is in charge of report
generation, is responsible for the content of the information
available for the Handimail user. But, his real passion lies in
design, paricularly web design.
Lew, a Masters degree holder from
University Malaya is involved with Digital Image Processing. He
ensures the final product looks appealing to the end user.
Handisplay chief executive officer
Hassan Alam said the decision to hire fresh graduates to work on such
an important project was because “ sometimes having an open
mind is better than experience”.
“ Fresh graduates are more
willing to learn and they have not picked up the bad habits of
experienced IT professionals.
“ A condition for being granted
RM2.7mil under the Multimedia Grant Scheme(MGS) is that we have to
conduct researches and involve local professionals , not expatriates.
“Handisplay has managed to
initiate research activities and within a year has come up with a
product that is not even available in Japan or other IT hubs in the
Asia region,” said Alam, adding that by entrusting local
graduates with important projects would give IT ideas and products
from Malaysia a boost.
“At the moment, we still use a
lot of imported technology. Malaysians can do equally well, if not
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