KUALA LUMPUR: Notwithstanding the tough times expected and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s prudence, Malaysians can still look forward to better Internet services said its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Salleh said the ministry had plans to improve such services in the country.
“In spite of the expected hard times ahead of us, we will not compromise on providing better Internet services to Malaysians. This is my New Year Resolution which I aim to keep,” he said on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.my.
Salleh said 2016 was going to be a critical year that would be full of challenges, not only for Malaysia, but also the entire world.
“It’s easy to blame the government for our problems and accuse the government of mismanaging the economy. But there are times when we’re victims of circumstances beyond our control.
“And while we can control what happens in Malaysia, we have no control over what happens in the rest of the world, which ultimately affects our country as well,” Salleh said.
As far as the ministry is concerned, he said, it would have to make adjustments to its spending to make ends meet.
“We’ll need to revise our plans and see what ‘fat’ needs to be cut from our spending so that we can ride out the year unscathed,” Salleh said.
He cited the collapse of oil prices, continuing war in the Middle East, the ‘war alert’ in Europe, tension in the South China Sea and much more as among issues that the world would have to contended with in 2016.
The minister noted that even countries like Saudi Arabia, which had never known what ‘recession’ meant, had just withdrawn subsidies, increased petrol prices by 50 per cent and was expected to become a borrower in five years’ time if the situation continued.
“And if Saudi Arabia sneezes, that can only mean countries like Malaysia would catch the flu, especially with the Ringgit’s current low,” he said.- BERNAMA