KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty-two per cent of populated areas across the country are already covered by 4G technology, according to the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said Malaysia was among the earliest ASEAN countries to have implemented the 4G technology, that is since early 2013.
“If compared to Korea, we probably lagged behind, but among ASEAN countries, we are among the earliest,” he said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address for his ministry at the Dewan Negara sitting here yesterday.
He said in Indonesia, for instance, the 4G licence had just been issued at end of last year.
Senator Tan Sri Ibrahim Shah Abu Shah, when interjecting the minister’s winding up speech, proposed to the government to ban the social networking site, Facebook, for the interests of the people, as done by several countries, including China.
However, Ahmad Shabery said the government was not prepared to do so as it involved a major decision.
“There are approximately 15 million Facebook users in Malaysia and not all of them spread negative vibes. Some simply use it to get connected to their families and to do business,” he said.
The sitting continues today.