Senior IT figures including Microsoft chairman Bill Gates have agreed to help Malaysia develop its own version of Silicon Valley.
The country?s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has completed a fact-finding mission in California and persuaded the chief executives of major IT suppliers to back him and invest in the area. The companies lending their support so far are Apple, Compaq, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Netscape, Oracle, Siemens, Sony and Sun Microsystems.
Mohamad wants to create a 225-square mile Multimedia Super Corridor to attract technology companies. The area will include a new international airport.
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