Uphill task for villagers looking for Internet access


Compiled by C. ARUNO, PAVITHRA RAMAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

ABOUT 400 residents from seven villages in Mukim Mambong, Kuala Krai, Kelantan, have to hike 5km to the peak of a hill to gain Internet access, Utusan Malaysia reported.

The hilltop is where many students gather to study as there are shelters in the area for their convenience, said Dami Nur Iman Omar, a religious school student.

“We will go there every day except when it rains, since the road up the hill will be very slippery and dangerous to walk on,” Iman added.

Haziq Daniel Ramly, 15, said that he had no choice but to climb to the top of the hill to get Internet access because their village had no telecommunication towers.

“We hope that the relevant parties can help solve the problem of Internet accessibility in our village immediately because we are in dire need of it,” said Haziq.

> A retiree, who now works as an electrician, said that many pensioners have now opted to work after retirement due to insufficient pension funds and a lack of savings, Kosmo! reported.

Shaari Hamis, 59, said that many pensioners, particularly those who live in cities, are doing it.

Their modest wage does not allow them to save much because it is only enough to support their families, he said.

Shaari said he used to have some savings, but the funds depleted as time passed.

According to him, some retirees still have school-going children.

“They have to shoulder all the responsibilities,” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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