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DALAT: The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) has implemented various initiatives and programmes to enhance broadband penetration in Sarawak, SKMM Sarawak region director Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin said.Zulkarnain said among the initiatives and programmes undertaken by SKMM in Sarawak were setting up more public and private telephone lines in rural areas, implementing the Broadband Library project and creating Community Broadband Centre under the Universal Service Provision (USP) programme.
He made the remarks in his welcoming speech at the official launching of Dalat Community Broadband Centre (PJK Dalat) by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah at the former Dalat District Office building here Thursday.
“Recent surveys among households revealed that Sarawak enjoys a 15.6 per cent broadband penetration rate as at June, 2009.
“I believe that this figure can be enhanced through greater commitment and support from the state government and participation from the public,” the director said.
He said the PJK was a national programme aimed at reducing the digital gap between the rural and urban communities through the development of communication and Internet facilities in rural areas nationwide.
“This PJK project complements the government’s aspiration to create a literate community, knowledgeable in information and communication technology (ICT) in the country,” Zulkarnain said.
He said the people of Dalat were fortunate to be chosen as one of the earliest communities to enjoy such broadband facilities in Sarawak.
“SKMM plans to create about 58 PJKs in Sarawak, with each PJK to be manned fulltime by at least one manager and one assistant manager from among the locals,” he said, adding that the PJK project was implemented by SKMM in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia and the state government in several phases with the facility already operational in Simunjan, Julau, Pakan, Dalat, Balingian and Song.
By Gaing Kunding