MYGEONAMES

Foundation History

The establishment of NCGN started when Malaysia joined United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). (UNGEGN web page: unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/default.html).

UNGEGN association was built to introduce the consistent and accurate method in the using of geographical names for the effective communication at the international level and to help in socioeconomic development and conservation of natural environment and infrastructure of the members country.

The function of UNGEGN is through the twenty-two (22) Geography Division / Linguistic and nine (9) Working Groups, where now are doing the issues research which consist exercise courses, Gazeetteer and geographical names database, romanisation system, country name, terminology, publisity and guidelines. Malaysia is UNGEGN members from Asia South East and Pacific South West Division.

The National Committee on Geographical Names (NCGN) was established on 11 September 2002 in accordance with the decision of the Cabinet to co-ordinate geographical name determination activities in Malaysia.

In accordance with Cabinet Paper No. 551/2337/2002 entitled Proposed Establishment of the National Committee on Geographical Names, the Cabinet has approved and confirmed the membership and terms of reference of the National Committee on Geographical Names on 11 September 2002. Extracts from para 13 of the Cabinet’s decision on the National Committee on Geographical Names are as follows:

13 (a) taking cognisance of the explanation that the establishment of the National Committee on Geographical Names is intended to co-ordinate the spelling, and to set standards for geographical names. Uniformity in terms of the spelling of geographical names will ensure more accurate and reliable data access; and

13 (b) agreeing to the establishment of the National Committee on Geographical Names which will be headed by the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia.