Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong

KUCHING: The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC) was told to address the lack of Internet connectivity in Sarawak’s rural areas thoroughly.

Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong said if the Ministry was not able to supply Internet through a fibre optic cable to the constituency, they should resort to other mechanisms including satellite technology.

“I have applied to them for a few villages to be supplied with Internet; among them are Long Abit and Long Tanyit in Belaga. We want MCMC to have an initiative to look at it in a bigger way.

“If they are not able to resort to fibre optic cable, they must use new technology.

“Besides that, all the infrastructure development such as clean water, electricity and schools need to be developed by the federal government,” he said.

He made the comment during an interview with Astro Awani last Thursday.

On the development in the Hulu Rajang constituency, Ugak said currently it is being aided by the formation of the Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda) with an allocation of RM1.5 billion from the state government.

“We want to focus on infrastructure development as the problem now is infrastructure. From that, we focus on infra as a basis for our development. If it is not there, we are not able to connect (to the outside world),” he said.

There are more to be done in terms of providing infrastructure development as well as connectivity and health facilities in the area.

“We don’t want the needs for the facilities to be sidelined and not given focus by the federal government,” he said.