RANAU: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have developed a VHF (Very High Frequency) Radio Communications System for the Mount Kinabalu Guide Society and Sabah Parks Board of Trustees to enable them communicate consistently while on duty.
The communications system is being cooperatively developed by MCMC, Sabah Parks and TM Berhad.
The Chairman of MCMC Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie said, the development of the VHF radio facility was upon the request made by the Prime Minister and Minister of Communications and Multimedia, to provide the area around Mount Kinabalu with an alternative communication line.
“A total number of 100 walkie-talkie type or handheld two-way radios and one VHF repeater transmitter station provided by MCMC and radio communication at VHF frequency would be able to cover an area of more than 20km. They will be given sufficient training to ensure efficient usage of the equipment and also the maintenance aspects,” he stated.
An official presentation ceremony of the VHF radio facilities will be officiated by Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek after Aidilfitri celebrations.
In another development, Dr Halim also informed that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Humanitarian Fund (TKKMM) which was launched on 8 June 2015 to help the victims of the Sabah earthquake has reached RM777, 000 as at last night.
Dr Halim also handed a donation from MCMC with the total amount of RM5,000 to the family of the late Ricky Masinin, one of the mountain guides who died during the earthquake on 5 June 2015. He was involved during the Mount Kinabalu Post Box project which was organized by MCMC with the cooperation of Pos Malaysia, last February. The post box is the highest post box in this country, placed at a height of 3,289 meter at Pendant Hut, Laban Rata and it was listed in Malaysia’s Book of Records.
Also present during the visit was Dr. Marklarin Lakim (Deputy Director of Sabah Parks), Encik Yassin Miki (Kinabalu Park Manager) and Encik Richard Soibi (President of Mt Kinabalu Guides Association).-BERNAMA