KUDAT: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is building 21 communication towers, worth RM50.4 million, in Kudat and Pitas to increase Internet access in the affected areas.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, said 13 of the towers, costing RM31.2 million, would be built in Pitas, while the remaining eight towers, costing RM19.2 million, would be built in Kudat.
“We will implement it this year. Tender for the project has been called and it will be finalised soon.
“With the construction of the communication towers, it will increase Internet coverage in the affected areas,” he said.
Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, told this to reporters after a lunch with Kudat Barisan Nasional (BN) here today.
He said the better Internet access, it would help to increase the socio-economic standard of the residents in the area.
“The government will focus on three matters in telecommunication. First, the coverage, second is the speed and third, the cost,” he said.
He said since there were still areas in Sabah which did not have Internet facility, it was the government's responsibility to provide it.
“With the construction of the telecommunication towers, it will ensure Internet facility and higher speed in the areas concerned,” he said. — Bernama