KOTA KINABALU – Provide more 1Malaysia Internet Centre (PI1M) in Sabah, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) were told.
The request was delivered by the Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology Datuk Siringan Gubat during the PI1M Awards ceremony at Ming Garden Hotel, on Friday night.
He said that more of such facilities should be made available so that the surrounding community especially in villages would benefit.
According to Siringan, currently there were 80 1Malaysia Internet Centres all across the state and 25 more would be implemented this year. However he stressed that the facilities were still not enough to accommodate the 3,000 villages strong in Sabah.
“From our records there are at least 3,000 villages around Sabah who expect to have internet access in their village. If ten per cent out of these villages have internet penetration, it would mean that Sabah have 300 1Malaysia Internet Centre,” he said.
Siringan stated that with internet facilities would help to increase the rural populace’s socio-economics stand, through local product promotion, organising of ICT classes as well as entrepreneurship.
“We need to optimize the centre as an excellent reference centre for the local community,” he said.
The first 1Malaysia Internet Centre was built in 2007 with the main objective being to bring positive social and economic impact to the community. Equipped with desktop computers, printer, projector and screen, the Centre provides basic Internet access as well as ICT-related training conducted by 2 full-time supervisors. – SayangSabah