CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem has called for a narrowing of the digital divide in our Great State.
While those of us in urban areas usually complain about the quality of Internet services, many Sarawakians in rural areas still don’t have access at all.
Our Chief Minister has been told by the federal Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak that all telecommunication towers in the State would be functional by the end of the month.
“The minister said 85% of the towers are already functioning. Sarawak is big..as big as the peninsula and there are 5,000 villages and longhouses scattered distances away. What is important at this moment is good communication in this vast State. It is information revolution; if we don’t go along, we will be left behind,” Adenan said.
He really hit the nail on the head. Adenan really is a CM for all Sarawakians.
Those of us in urban areas may take our broadband connections for granted, but having such access would be life changing for rural Sarawakians.
Imagine a pua kumbu artisan in Song who works from the village. If she had access to the Internet and was taught to utilise it, she could sell her crafts throughout the State, country and perhaps even globally. Her costs would be minimal as she would not need a shopfront to trade. Similar scenarios could be applied to those in agriculture or those promoting homestays in the village.
Students in rural areas would also have access to information, language lessons, and be able to travel virtually, opening their eyes to the limitless possibilities excelling in education can bring.
This is why narrowing the digital divide would mean greater opportunities for all Sarawakians.
The Bernama story:
Sarawak rural-urban digital divide needs to be narrowed: Adenan
KUCHING: The digital divide between the rural and urban areas in Sarawak needs to be further narrowed, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Towards this end, he thanked the federal government for its commitment in providing the necessary assistance.
According to him, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak had informed him that all telecommunication towers in the state would be functional by the end of the month.
“The minister said 85% of the towers are already functioning.
Sarawak is big..as big as the peninsula and there are 5,000 villages and longhouses scattered distances away.
“What is important at this moment is good communication in this vast state. It is information revolution; if we don’t go along, we will be left behind,” he said.
Adenan said this in his speech at the launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, of the Malaysia Inklusif Negara Digital (Minda) programme at Kuching Waterfront today.
Meanwhile, he noted that Najib, since becoming prime minister had within six years visited the ‘Land of the Hornbills’ 46 times more than the five previous prime ministers combined.
“Today is his 47th visit. He comes here because he loves us (Sarawak). There has not been any prime minister like him. He never comes empty handed but brings millions, in fact, billions of ringgit to present to Sarawak,” he said.
Citing the Pan Borneo Highway approved by Najib, he said Sarawak would have a facility that is on par with the North-South Expressway in the peninsula.
“Even though Malaysia’s economy has taken a downturn because of the drop in oil price from USD120 to USD30 per barrel, the federal government was still willing to fork out RM16 billion for Sarawak,” he said.
Adenan denied that the prime minister was making regular visits to Sarawak because of the coming state election.
“PM Najib comes here not only for the election. He has been coming here since the last five years.
“He is not like an individual who as prime minister for 22 years seldom visited Sarawak that you can count how many times he came. We love PM (Najib) because he loves us,” he said. – Bernama