Tuesday, October 4

Data system reduces time, error and cost

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KUCHING: Preparation time for the State Development Funds’ Quarterly Report has been reduced to five hours from 144 hours, thanks to an award winning system by the Ministry of Environment and Public Health.

WELL DONE: Penguang (third left) handing over the ICC awards for the ReDDS project to Wong at Bangunan Baitulmal witnessed by the project’s team members.

According to the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Penguang Manggil yesterday, the Reporting Development Data System (ReDDS) garnered three awards for the ministry.

They were awarded gold for the management category of the Sabah and Sarawak Regional Innovative Creative Cycle (ICC) Convention organised by Malaysian Productivity Centre (MPC) in July.

In the same month, the ministry was second in the management category in another ICC convention organised by the Human Resource Department in the Chief Minister’s Office.

In October, the ministry brought home the Three Star Gold Award in the National Level ICC Convention by MPC.

“A total of 170 teams took part in the convention and we are proud that the Ministry of Environment and Public Health was the only ministry that took part in all these three conventions,” Penguang said during a handover of awards to its minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh at his office at Bangunan Baitulmal.

Besides reducing preparation time, ReDDS also aims to reduce error and cost of preparing the report, Penguang said.

“As a result, the ministry not only reduced its preparation time, but reduced errors in preparing the report from 78 to 14. Cost of preparing the report was also reduced to RM8.50 from RM85. We managed to save RM28,808 through this system,” said Penguang.

The team behind the system is called DANI which stands for Dynamik, Aktif, Nekad, Inovatif (Dynamic, Active, Determined, Innovative).

It was headed by Rusmaliza Mat Darus and the members are Muhammad Ali Imran Abdullah, Awang Nazri Awang Ahmad, Mohamad Shahrul Buang, Mohamad Suffian Razili, Fahmi Yusof and Louis Lansam.

During the event, Penguang also handed over the Strategic Plan for Training and Human Resource Development to the state’s councils and local authorities.