En­sur­ing world­class In­ter­net ser­vice for all Malaysians

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KUCH­ING: Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Gobind Singh Deo said to­day he wants to en­sure that all Malaysians, es­pe­cially those in Sabah and Sarawak, en­joy In­ter­net ser­vice of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

He said the geo­graph­i­cal land­scape of Sabah and Sarawak, which is moun­tain­ous and re­mote could prove to be chal­leng­ing but it had to be over­come.

“The gov­ern­ment has to see how we can en­sure that all Malaysians have ac­cess to the In­ter­net. The min­istry wants to place em­pha­sis on In­ter­net ser­vice of world- class qual­ity, that is with min­i­mum speeds of 10 Mbps and 40 Mbps in a good en­vi­ron­ment,” he said when in­ter­viewed over the SARAWAKfm ra­dio sta­tion at Ra­dio Tele­visyen Malaysia Kuch­ing.

Gobind also em­pha­sised the cost of us­ing the In­ter­net, say­ing the min­istry wanted con­sumers to be im­posed a rate that was not too high.

“If the cost of us­ing the In­ter­net is too high, some peo­ple can­not af­ford to use the In­ter­net ser­vice,” he said.

Gobind said that af­ter pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate In­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties, the gov­ern­ment would have to have pro­grammes which ed­u­cate the peo­ple on the use of this tech­nol­ogy to im­prove their stan­dard of liv­ing.

“One thing that I can see with our pro­vi­sion of the In­ter­net fa­cil­ity in the ru­ral ar­eas is that many small traders can use the In­ter­net to widen the mar­ket (for their goods),” he said.

He also said that ac­cess to the In­ter­net was not lim­ited to busi­ness but en­com­passed the bank­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal fields which also ben­e­fited from the fa­cil­ity.

“For ex­am­ple, in bank­ing, many peo­ple go to the banks to check their ac­count bal­ance. How­ever, with the In­ter­net, we can do our bank­ing chores on­line,” he said.

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