Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had carried out monitoring of Internet access in the constituency since late May and found there were some areas that received poor or no Internet access at all.
Saifuddin said 10 new towers would be built while another 11 existing towers would be upgraded from 2G and 3G to 4G services.
“For fixed broadband services, 439 premises with existing copper broadband network will be upgraded to fiber optic to support high-speed broadband service up to 1Gbps.
“These initiatives will be implemented by Telekom Malaysia Berhad and are expected to be ready by the end of 2021,” he said after visiting the Chini by-election media centre in Kampung Salong here.
He added that the two transmitting stations on existing towers in Chini and at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Paloh Hinai had already been upgraded to 3G and 4G services in the second quarter of 2020.
“A new tower with 3G and 4G services had also been built and operational since the second quarter of the year.
“The implementation of these initiatives will improve the coverage and quality of Internet access in Chini, benefitting the people through faster and better service,” he said.
Saifuddin said that service providers had placed mobile portable base stations temporarily early last month while their existing towers had been upgraded to a 4G network permanently.
On the by-election, Saifuddin felt the new normal of campaigning should be a model for future elections.
“For example, there is no need for a mass procession on nomination day. Perhaps campaigning can also be held in moderation, not because of Covid-19, but because it is a healthier way. There is also no need for so many posters,” he said.
Saifuddin said candidates and politicians could also campaign online through short videos.
“Some voters can get tired of listening to long ceramah sessions. Twitter video is limited to two minutes and 20 seconds while for Instagram, it is 60 seconds.
“The challenge here is for politicians to campaign in a short and concise but effective manner,” he said.