KUCHING: It is a fact that 71% of Malaysians choose to buy cheaper Internet packages with slower speeds, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic).
He said this figure was not something he made up but came from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
"Based on their statistics, 71% are more interested to purchase packages which are affordable even though the speed is not as fast.
"I'm telling the facts and the facts are from MCMC. I don't create the facts, I'm just stating it," he told reporters after meeting state Information Department officers here on Thursday.
Salleh had come under fire for writing in his blog that Malaysians preferred packages with slower Internet speeds of between 384 Kbps to 1 Mbps although faster connections were available.
Among the critics was DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, who said the real issue was that high speed Internet in Malaysia was too costly and it was the minister's duty to make it affordable.
Defending his blog post, Salleh said he was ‘on the same page’ as Lim in wanting affordable high speed Internet connections.
He also welcomed ideas on how to achieve this but said any criticism should be constructive and factual, not based on only a small part of his statement.
"I have no problem if you give views and constructive criticism but to say that I'm wrong when I'm telling the facts, I don't know.
"They want high speed, I also want high speed and find ways how to make it cheaper. But we can't implement it outright because in Malaysia the priority is speed, affordability and coverage," he added.
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