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Malaysian OSS master plan gets pruned

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It was a small change, the deletion of a single sentence from the Open Source Master Plan. But the impact could be major to companies that supply software to the Malaysian Government.

The master plan, launched in 2004, has remained unchanged until the deletion was noticed by industry pundits last week, who then alerted In.Tech.

In its original form, the plan said: "OSS procurement should be based on merits, value for money, transparency, security and interoperability, as well as in accordance with the Government procurement policies and procedures. In situations where the advantages and disadvantages of OSS and proprietary software are equal, preference shall be given to OSS."

The second sentence has been deleted, which implies that open-source software no longer has an advantage in government procurement.

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