Reactivate inactive ‘wireless villages’, Mong tells govt
DATUK Mong Dagang (BN-Bukit Begunan) has called on the state government to upgrade and reactivate internet facilities at villages around the state.
According to him, internet access at many ‘wireless villages’ (‘ Kampung Tanpa Wayar 1Malaysia’) was no longer active.
“The ‘Kampung Tanpa Wayar’ programme has been carried out in selected villages and longhouses throughout the state. At that time, everybody was excited about the programme as the facility was supposed to provide good internet access to the communities in the longhouse or village.
“Unfortunately, many of these ‘ Kampung Tanpa Wayar’ facilities, for some reasons, are not functioning anymore. Therefore, I would like to suggest whether it is possible for the government to look into the possibility of upgrading and activating these facilities already available,” he said when debating the State Budget 2018 at the State Legislative Assembly ( DUN) yesterday.
This, he opined, will be a step towards educating the rural population on new technological development particularly with the state’s emphasis on digital economy.
Apart from that, Mong also called on the state government to consider allocating funds from the State Budget for the construction of roads from Menuang to Langgir, Lingga; Semulong Ulu to Semulong Ili, Lingga; and Selanjan Angkong to Enciap, Pantu.
“The longhouse folks particularly from Langgir and Enciap currently depend on the river as their mode of transportation.
“However, the problem they face is that the river is small and they have to wait for high tide in order to commute. This is the hardship they have been facing for many years,” he stressed.
With 53 per cent or RM3.062 billion of the total development expenditure in the State Budget allocated for various development projects in rural areas, he hoped that all rural constituencies will receive their fair share of these development funds.