Sarawak to get 421 more wireless villages — Rais
BINTULU: The ‘1Malaysia ICT Centre’ brand will be further promoted in line with the 1Malaysia aim of providing better infrastructural facilities for the rural populace.
Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said the target for Sarawak was 701 Wireless Villages (KTW), and thus far some 280 KTW had been built. In Sabah, 294 KTW had been built, and a further 341 KTW still under construction. They are scheduled to be completed by year-end or in Jan 2013.
“At the national level we have built 2,325 KTW, with 2,072 projects still under construction,” Rais said at the closing of an ICT literacy workshop and the opening of a 1Malaysia ICT Centre at Kampung Penan Muslim in Mile 10 Bintulu-Miri Road here yesterday. He said a holistic approach was being undertaken by the government to cover every area so there would be no “development dropout”, especially in rural areas, under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
Rais hoped the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would play a significant role in reaching out to the rural people and the urban poor.
Earlier, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing called on Telekom Malaysia to expand their reach in remote areas of the state.
Tiong also asked for more 1Malaysia netbooks to be distributed to the people here. So far, a total of 9,200 units of netbooks had been distributed in Bintulu.
“Before we can give more netbooks, first we must ensure that the facility is there. More KTW must be built in Bintulu,” said Rais, adding that there were 31 KTW in Bintulu thus far.
He said at the national level, more than one million 1Malaysia netbooks had been allocated, and an additional 500,000 would be provided soon due to high demand.
“Some 700,000 have been distributed, including 176,000 in Sarawak and 167,000 in Sabah,” said Rais.
Also present at the function were Deputy Minister of Information Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Communications) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip.