KUALA LUMPUR: The government has taken several initiatives to bridge the digital divide and increase internet access in areas with limited or no coverage, especially in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak.
Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the initiatives were introduced under the Universal Service Provision framework of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
“To date for Sarawak, the government through MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) has built 90 1Malaysia Internet centres, 660 WiFi communities, previously known as wireless village, and 203 telecommunications towers under the Time 3 initiative.
“For Sabah, 96 1Malaysia Internet centres, 856 WiFi communities and 212 telecommunications towers have been built under the same initiative,” he said in his written reply to Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (BN-Kanowit) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Ago wanted to know the government’s strategy to tackle the internet connectivity problems in Sabah and Sarawak’s rural areas, as well as the success of the Internet Bestari programme implemented at all schools in the two states.
Salleh also noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the 2016 Budget recently had announced an allocation of RM1.2 billion for MCMC to improve the telecommunications infrastructure in the country.
On the implementation of the Internet Bestari programme, Salleh said the matter was under the jurisdiction of the Education Ministry, which had been spearheading the 1BestariNet programme nationwide.- BERNAMA