KUCHING: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said his statement that 71 per cent of Malaysians opt for slow broadband was obtained from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
“I only stated the facts based on the statistics that I obtained from MCMC whereby 71 per cent of users opted to buy the affordable packages despite the slow speed..that is the statistic.
“We must tell the facts…if we don’t reveal the facts how can we solve problems. Now we must look how to make sure it (figure) can be reduced in the future. We look at it as it is the responsibility of all. We are looking into any ideas anybody can contribute to assist us,” he said.
He said this at a media conference after a meeting with Sarawak Information officers here, today.
Meanwhile, Salleh said he had met with telecommunications industry players to solve matters arising on the development of Internet use in the country.
According to Salleh, the meeting was held to ensure the aspiration of the government to provide Internet access to at least 95 per cent of the populace by 2020 is achieved.
He said the government focused on speed, coverage and affordability in the development of the nation’s Internet infrastructure.
“We have identified the problems regarding these matters and we are sorting them out. Indeed, I have met industry players to find solutions and to take apropriate action.
“We must take into account and stress on not only urban areas but also rural areas to ensure 95 per cent of the people nationwide can get Internet access by 2020,” he said.
Asked if the lack of choices in the Internet packages offered resulted in Malaysian consumers paying higher Internet charges, Salleh said he was aware of the matter.
“We are talking to them (industry players) and we are discussing the matter to determine how to sort it out. Indeed, there are such complaints,” he added.