1. In line with the launching of the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), the government has also launched the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) as a mechanism to optimise the potentials and boost the rural economy. RTC functions as a agro-food supply centre and agri-business centre which connects the manufacturers and consumers from all over the country and to intensify the rural product range.
2. The government has gradually been upgrading the MID into Mini RTC in the effort to accelerate the transformation the rural areas into a more productive, developed and competitive vicinity. So, starting from 2012, 77 Mini RTC have been upgraded and in 2013, the remaining 136 MID were transformed into Mini RTC.
3. The suggestion to upgrade the MID into Mini RTC is in line with the announcement of the 2013 budget by the Prime Minister.
4. Due to the importance of this project, it has been made into a permanent agenda in the weekly National Strategic Executive Summit (NSES) and is reported under NBOS 5: Converting MID into Mini RTC and NBOS 8: Strategic Linkages between Existing Utcs, Rtcs and Mini Rtcs.
5. With the transformation of the Mini RTC, it has widen its functions and not limited unlike MID which only act as an ICT centre that only conduct programs to reduce the digital gap. Mini RTC will become a platform for all government projects from various agencies /departments based on the concept of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS 5 & NBOS 8).
6. The transformation of MID into Mini RTC will also widen the scope and role of the Manager. The current focus is to encourage collaboration among the various agencies/ departments/ private agencies in sharing their expertise and labour in implementing the programmes at Mini RTC. The collaboration is done by maximizing available resources at the ministries involved to catapult the rural development through cost saving as well as the implementation of programmes/ activities in a short period (quick win).
7. Generally, the objective of this initiative to transform the MID into Mini RTC are :
a. To act as an agent to connect the rural community in a smaller scale by providing activities that have a high added value to create an economic impact and doubled the earnings;
b. To be the mediator to the smoothness of the government transformation programmes at the UTC, RTC and Mini RTC; and
c. To implement the 8 Mini RTC Initiatives at a smaller scale according to the suitability and needs of the rural community.
8. The Main Activities of Mini RTC are:
a. Provide a one stop centre for various services provided by the government for the rural community which is on-line services (1Malaysia Kiosk).
b. Provide the facilities for the rural community to market their produce;
c. Provide a platform for the government agencies to conduct programmes to empower the rural community in terms of education, economy, social, culture and politics;
d. Disseminate the roles and functions of RTC;
e. Act as the knowledge provider to the rural community of the government policy and facilities provided by various government agencies; and
f. Execute programmes to minimize the digital gap.
9. With the motto of the Mini RTC ‘Satu Hentian Pelbagai Perkhidmatan’ (one stop centre for various services), the government is hoping that the rural community will be more viable and competitive and able to improve their income as well as quality of life.
10. The process of upgrading the MID into Mini RTC is a step taken by the government in order to speed up the achievement of the Rural Transformation Programme. This action however, did not involve any additional cost and the programme was established in a short period of time. Mini RTC will provide a boost for a new way for the government to reach out to the rural community and at the same time increase their socio economic status.
The 8 Mini RTC Initiatives
1. Skills Training
2. 1Malaysia Information Kiosk
3. High Value Agriculture
4. Processing Agro-Food Products
5. Administer the Supply Chain of Agriculture Products
6. Collaboration with Universities
7. 1Malaysia Health Service
8. Financing Facilities