5 States To Cut Red Tape For Internet Links Says Saifuddin
A meeting next month will discuss ways to provide best locations for telecommunications towers, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. (Bernama pic)KUANTAN: Recognition of telecommunications as a utility in the 2021 budget would be a catalyst to improve internet connectivity and the digital and creative economies, Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said today.
“We hope this recognition will help speed up approval and construction of assets such as telecommunication towers in implementing the National Digital Network (Jendela), besides enabling us the best spots for coverage because locations are included in the planning permission for local authorities.
“The matter will be discussed with menteris besar and chief ministers during a meeting with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin next month,” he said after a constituency event here. Saifuddin is MP for Indera Mahkota.
Saifuddin said the menteris besar of Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Kedah, as well as the state executive council member from Penang, had also agreed to minimise bureaucracy when it comes to issues concerning internet connectivity.
Communications minister Saifuddin Abdullah.Further discussions with state governments are also needed to identify 25 industrial areas that will receive allocation benefits in terms of internet connectivity under the Jendela plan amounting to RM42 million, he said.
In addition, Saifuddin dismissed criticisms that the RM15 million allocated to the Cultural Economy Development Agency was relatively small. He said the creative industry had previously received an allocation of RM225 million under the National Economic Recovery Plan, with digital content funds still very much available.
Saifuddin also said the government will not compromise when it comes to national cyber security in its digitalisation and telecommunication network expansion efforts, with RM27 million allocated to CyberSecurity Malaysia. - FMT
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