14 Mar PM: Govt Strives To Boost Digital Agenda Capacity In Society
The government would continue to introduce measures to boost digital agenda capacity within the society, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said one example of this was the implementation of the RM1.8 billion High Speed Broadband, Phase II project, with the cooperation of the private sector.
The initiative was expected to provide additional coverage and facility especially in the urban areas to benefit 2.8 million households nationwide and boost internet speed to 10 megabits per second (Mbps).
He said the suburban areas would be provided with a higher broadband speed with increased internet access of between four and 10 Mbps which would benefit two million users.
He said this in his speech when opening the Minda (Malaysia Inclusive Digital Nation) programme at Tebingan Sungai Kuching here, today.
For Sarawak, the prime minister said the government had and was carrying out rehabilitation works on the state’s cellular communication network and WiFi.
To date, he said, 150 communication towers and 438 Sarawak WiFi Communities were being set up by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission with the cooperation of major service providers Celcom, Digi, Maxis, Redtone and Measat.
He said the government was committed to implement a RM850 million project to lay an undersea cable in three years to boost internet access for Sabah and Sarawak.
Najib thanked Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem who confirmed his (prime minister’s) commitment towards the development of Sarawak by noting that he had visited the state 46 times, the most, compared to the previous five prime ministers.
He said he was in accord with Adenan in the commitment to close not only the digital but also the development divide between the urban and rural in Sarawak.
Najib said among the important projects in realising the aspiration was via the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway which was targeted to not only generate the economies of Sabah and Sarawak but to also become a game changer towards efforts to develop the two states.