Current Status on Activities of Geographical Names in Malaysia

Geographical names are used in every day life to describe our surroundings and to tell others where we have been or where we plan to go. It has been widely acknowledged that consistent use of accurate place names is an important element in effective communication worldwide, apart from supporting socio-economic development, conservation and national infrastructure. Due to the rapid growth in Malaysia, there is an imperative need to develop a comprehensive database containing names of official places that would benefit trade and commerce, population census and national statistics, property right and cadaster, urban and regional planning, environmental management, natural disaster relief, security strategy and peace-keeping operations, maps and atlas production, automatic navigation, tourism, and communication including postal and news services. Therefore, it requires a comprehensive database of geographical names which are consistent and authoritative that can retrieve quickly for the usage by the stakeholders by using the application that can be accessed via internet


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