The Government of Malaysia announced its plan to deploy OpenOffice in schools across the country. This movement will cover around 300,000 PCs. Under this initiative, around 467 schools in the country will use open source office suite from coming January 2009.
Some 100 schools in the state are already using OpenOffice.. The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) is implementing the project. MAMPU is a government agency that was set up to study the feasibility of implementing open source software in the public sector. According to some of case studies mentioned by Khairil Yusof, a MAMPU spokesperson, the staff were able to build their skills and knowledge due to the wealth of free information and tutorials associated with open source technologies available on the Internet. According to MAMPU, overall, 281 agencies nationwide have adopted open source software.