Salleh Said: RM1bil allocation will drive growth of digital economy in Sabah and Sarawak

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Oct 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Rural entrepreneurs in Sabah and Sarawak stand to gain from the RM1bil allocation announced in Budget 2018 to improve the communication and broadband infrastructure in east Malaysia.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic) said the allocation clearly proved the Federal Government's commitment towards creating better Internet access in both states.

The funding will also help realise the ministry's target of expanding Internet access nationwide, he said when launching a jamboree festival in the northern Kota Belud district on Saturday.

Some 500 people participated in cycling and running activities, held as part of the annual Tamu Besar (farmers' market).

Salleh said the funding would also result in the doubling of Internet speeds across the country by 2019.

He said the people should make the most of improved Internet services and not abuse it.

An improved communication infrastructure was also in line with the government's commitment to extend eRezeki, eUsahawan and eLadang programmes to boost incomes, he added.

He said the RM100mil allocation to be channelled under the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (Mdec) would enhance entrepreneurs' knowledge of the digital economy through various training programmes.

"Sabah youths who are interested in the online business will be among those who stand to benefit," he added.

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