Pilot IT project in rural Sabah

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  • Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004

KUNDASANG: A pilot project to provide Internet connectivity and bring in information technology (IT) right into the heart of Sabah’s rural population has been launched in Kampung Sokid in Bundu Tuhan near here. 

Bundu Tuhan’s highland vegetable farmers were chosen as the target group for the project, known as “Pusat eDesa” (eRural Centre), which uses satellite technology VSAT or very small aperture terminal for Internet connectivity. 

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the RM150,000 project yesterday. 

Musa said similar projects would also be set up in other remote areas in the state as part of the Government’s effort “to bridge the digital divide” between rural and urban areas. 

He said that following the setting up of the centres, some of the challenges to bring Internet connectivity to the rural population, such as the lack of infrastructure, could be addressed. 

“At the same time, the state government will continue with the effort to provide more infrastructural facilities and upgrade the existing ones,” he said. 

Musa also launched the village’s own website – www. edesa.net.my. 

It contains, among other things, information on local agricultural activities and products. 

Musa said that the people could learn a lot more by having access to information. 

“Such websites would go a long way in promoting local products and also provide information to prospective buyers,'' he added. – Bernama 

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