Johor wants faster Internet connectivity to attract investors

PASIR GUDANG: Johor hopes the Federal Government will allocate funds in Budget 2020 to improve and upgrade Internet connectivity in the state. Budget 2020 will be tabled in Parliament in October.

State education, human resource, science and technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said seamless Internet connectivity was vital for Johor to attract more high-tech investments.

He said feedback from investors, especially from multinational corporations (MNCs) and foreign companies planning to invest in the state, showed that most of them were interested in the Internet speed.

“Fast connectivity is our strong selling point, apart from uninterrupted water and power supplies,” said Aminolhuda at the launch of the “Digitalisation of Manufacturing Operations-Industry 4.0 Readiness” programme organised by Hitachi-Sunway Information Systems at Johor Skills Development Centre here.

He said the slow Internet connectivity was one of the main issues brought up by companies and investors operating in the state.“We need to come up with fast solutions for the slow Internet connectivity as otherwise Johor risks losing investors to other countries in the region,” he said.

He hoped the relevant parties could sit together and address the issue, adding that the state government would render the necessary assistance to them.

“We are talking about smart cities in Malaysia and high-tech investments but our Internet connectivity is still at a slower pace and problematic,” he added.

Aminolhuda also cited the slow Internet connectivity as the main reason why the Sedenak Digital Valley (SDV) project did not take off as planned.

He said several companies, including foreign investors, had expressed strong interest in investing in the SDV but had put their plans on hold due to the drawbacks.

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