Senators call for Sabah Internet access issues to be resolved

The Parliament building. - MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Several senators from Sabah have called on relevant authorities to make concerted efforts to resolve Internet access issues in the state as many villages are still facing such problems.

Senator Adrian Lasimbang said Internet access issues continued to persist, affecting online learning for many students during the movement control order (MCO) period.

"For example in Kampung Tilis, Tenom, there are students who have to climb hills for almost 30 to 40 minutes to get Internet access," he said at a press conference at Parliament building here Tuesday (Sept 8), which was also attended by Senator Alan Ling and Senator Nga Hock Cheh.

He asked Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin to explain the digital infrastructure plan, which includes regions and concrete timelines for the implementation of the National Digital Network (Jendela).

The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) under the previous government targeted 20% Internet access for semi-urban and interior areas with a speed of 500 Mbps by 2022, he said.

At the press conference, the senators from Sabah also demanded that Zahidi and Deputy Finance Minister 1 Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri make an official apology in the Dewan Negara following their statements over student Veveonah Mosibin. – Bernama

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