Ministries to collaborate on rural internet penetration
July 09, 2018
The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) will cooperate with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) to ensure access to telco and internet network can also be enjoyed by rural communities.
Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun said this would enable the rural communities to market their products and raise their household income.
“We will have a good collaboration between these two ministries because we want to make sure when there is telephone line (and internet), it can help boost the local economy,” she said here today.
She was speaking to reporters after visiting the multi sources treated water supply project site at Kampung Ulu Mampas, near here which was attended by Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith, who is also Kuala Pilah MP.
Also present were Negri Sembilan Rural Development Action Committee chairman Ismail Ahmad, Orang Asli Development Department director general Ajis Sitin and Kampung Ulu Mampas Tok Batin (headman) Seli Tiot.
Earlier in her speech, Rina said the access penetration of telco and internet network should be improved to ensure rural communities also receive the same facilities as enjoyed by those in the towns and urban centres.
Meanwhile Eddin Syazlee said a comprehensive and detailed study should be carried out so that government plans could be implemented smoothly.
“I am confident there will be such a cooperation between KLPB and KKMM and the rest I will hand it over to the Minister (Gobind Singh Deo) to be finalised,” he added.
Internet access as constitutional right to be proposed to cabinet soon
June 12, 2018
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce.
“The proposal will bring about an abundance of benefits and information access to the people without involving any political element,” he told reporters after a working visit to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) here today.
Gobind said if the right to internet access was guaranteed under the Constitution, state and federal governments would be more serious in their effort to provide it to every Malaysian.
“I am looking at the constitutional amendment. For a start, I will raise (this proposal) at the cabinet level and then I will see whether it will be supported by the members of parliament,” he said.
Gobind said the proposal would also have a positive impact on the country’s internet facilities in terms of connectivity, lower internet costs and better speed.
He said the announcement regarding internet services would be made after Aidilfitri and discussions were ongoing with telecommunications companies to improve the three aspects.
On the consumer data breach at the Ministry of Education and Astro, he said he had given a week for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to submit a report.
“Data breach is a very serious problem. I don’t take it lightly, I want MCMC to come back to me on the matter,” he said.
The minister also urged the public to lodge a report should they be aware of any incident of data leakage, for a thorough investigation to be carried out and measures taken to curb recurrences.
On Sunday, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the School Examination Analysis System (SAPS) was temporarily unavailable due to data breach.
It was also reported that the personal data of more than 50,000 Astro customers had been offered for sale online at RM3,000 for every 10,000 customers. — BERNAMA
Pending proposal to Cabinet