KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — Several senators from Sabah today called on the relevant authorities to make concerted efforts to resolve internet access issues in the state as many villages are allegedly still facing such problems.
Senator Adrian Lasimbang said with the issue of internet access continuing to persist, many especially students were impacted in online learning 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 today, which was also attended by Senator Alan Ling and Senator Nga Hock Cheh.
In this regard, 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 per cent internet access in every premises of 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 I Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri make an official apology in the Dewan Negara sitting following their statements on the issue of student Veveonah Mosibin who had to climb a tree to get internet access.