Re­ac­ti­vate in­ac­tive ‘wire­less vil­lages’, Mong tells govt

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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.

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