KOTA KINABALU: Broadband coverage for households in Malaysia has reached new height of 70.2 percent thanks to the various initiatives implemented by the government in closing the gap between urban and rural areas.
Chairman of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Datuk Seri Dr. Halim Shafie, said the initiatives taken by the government include the promotion of information and communication technology sector (ICT) in schools besides from setting up 1Malaysia Internet centre in village areas.
“All these initiatives have been carried out to increase awareness and promote ICT development progress among students and the public especially in the interior,” he said to the media after the launching of the International ICT Volunteers Progamme.
The event was officiated by Korea Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E Cho Byungjae. Also present were ITU Regional Programme Officer, Wisit Atipayakoon, and NIA Global Cooperation Division Executive Director, Dr. Jeongwon Yoon.
Malaysia has been selected to host the International ICT Volunteers Programme this year in Sabah, with the collaboration between MCMC, ITU, and Kora International Information and Social Agency (NIA).
The educational programme is inspired by ITU and NIA in 2012 and joined by Asean countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.
According to him, the ICT sector plays an important role in nation development, and Asean through its Asean Telecommunication and IT Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) has agreed to increase ICT proficiency in participating countries by the year 2020.
Malaysia expresses its commitment to make the programme a success by gearing up its Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) in 1997 to transform the country into a major ICT hub. – SayangSabah