Azalina: Give villagers Internet access


  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Mar 2003

BY ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN

MARAN: The authorities must step up efforts to enhance Internet access to people in villages and remote areas, said Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said. 

She said they would be left out of the information age and not be able to learn about the developments around them while the city folk could through their computers. 

“I’m not satisfied with this matter, particularly when we are promoting the Multimedia Super Corridor as the world’s best information technology site. 

“The broadband system should be extended to villages and not just be confined to towns and cities, so that those in the remote areas can have access to computers and the Internet. 

“The villagers, especially the students, will lag behind in computer technology if the broadband Internet lines are not extended to the villages. 

“It will be difficult for Puteri Umno to organise computer classes if the areas do not have Internet access,” she said yesterday after launching the Pahang Umno and Puteri Umno website at the Tekam plantation resort near here. 

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Pahang Umno information bureau and website provider Makmal Consulting Sdn Bhd, which would build, maintain and host the Pahang Umno website. 

The soft launch ceremony was also attended by Pahang Umno information chief Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, Jerantut Umno chief Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar and state Puteri Umno chief Shahaniza Shamsuddin. 

Mohd Sharkar said the www.Umnopahang.com and the www. puteridarulmakmur.com websites could be used by party members and the public to air their grouses or suggestions to the party. 

“The websites will be linked to the state agency websites for easier access,” he added.  

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