191 new telco towers next year

Wan Rosdy with students after handing out learning incentives for SPM 2020 candidates at Wisma Sri Pahang. — Bernama

KUANTAN: A total of 191 telecommunication towers will be built across Pahang next year to improve Internet connection and coverage in the state, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

He said priority would be given to rural and interior areas to ensure that residents there could enjoy the facility too, as the need for it had become more urgent since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.

“We have no choice but to improve Internet connection and coverage as it has become a new norm.

“Most learning and working is conducted at home to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Besides erecting new towers, we also plan to upgrade the Internet speed to 5G in stages, ” he said after the virtual event of handing out learning incentives to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 candidates at Wisma Sri Pahang here.

Wan Rosdy said 19,254 candidates in Pahang received the incentive of RM50 each, involving a total of RM962,700 to help them prepare for the examination.

The recipients of the contribution, which started this year, comprise students of government-aided schools, government-aided religious schools, state public religious schools, public religious secondary schools and tahfiz schools.

Wan Rosdy said the state government was able to give the incentive as it was in a strong financial position, with the incentive to continue next year and the amount may even be increased, depending on the state’s financial situation.

He said the state government also contributed RM100 each to 24,738 children who would start Year One next year, while through Yayasan Pahang, RM500 was given to each Pahang-born student offered places at higher education institutions. — Bernama

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