Government Will Ensure Every Citizen Has Internet Access, Says Minister | Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, Feb. 18 – Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has said that the government’s general policy is to ensure that every citizen has access to the internet, even though the quality and experience of internet service is dynamic and different.
He said that many do not understand the behavior related to broadband service which is a dynamic situation because sometimes it is adequate and sometimes it becomes unsatisfactory.
“He won’t reach a point where everything is fine. The important thing is that we look at our policy, we say there must be connectivity even in longhouses in remote areas,” he said.
Annuar was commenting on Sarawak’s internet speed problem after attending an appreciation ceremony for “Operation Bantu Sampai Selesai(Ops BAHIS) here today.
Earlier, the experience of 19-year-old Frank Steward Panting Sa from Pakan, Sarawak, who had to climb Bukit Kelingkang for two hours to attend an online interview with Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Perak went viral.
According to Annuar, there are two methods of implementing Internet service in Sarawak, namely by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) or the government agency of the State under Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) via Sarawak. Linking Urban, Rural and National Initiative (Saluran).
He said an MCMC check revealed that the existing Internet service in the youth longhouse was under Saluran’s initiative using satellite technology and is capable of delivering an average speed of 25 megabits per second (Mbps).
Annuar said that even Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur areas have blind spots and the internet is not stable and needs to be understood as it is a feature of broadband services.
He said the Jendela card was created to get feedback so the service could be improved to bring high-impact benefits to people’s daily lives. — Bernama