Net access for rural libraries in Sarawak

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  • Sunday, 04 Jan 2004

KUCHING: Select rural libraries in Sarawak will soon be upgraded to provide users with Internet access via satellite transmission. 

Sarawak State Library chief executive Rashidah Bolhassan said the libraries would be equipped with information and communication technology facilities to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban folk. 

The facilities, to be upgraded this year, include Internet access and computers and telecommunication equipment, she said at a tree-planting ceremony at the library grounds here on Friday. 

Rashidah said the Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry had approved 15 universal service provision projects with an allocation of about RM250,000 each for rural libraries where there were no electricity or communication facilities. 

Sarawak has 200 libraries at division, district and village level.  

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