Improved internet connectivity will boost Mulu tourism

Gerawat speaking at the function.

MULU: The improved Internet connection following the launch of high-speed broadband services will allow for greater efforts to market Mulu as a tourist destination, says its assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala.

“Internet is important to market Mulu as a world heritage site and as a primary tourist destination. The marketing done by visiting tourists coming here, in my view, is more impactful.

“It is more widespread compared to our efforts to promote Mulu. They (the tourists) can do livestream and that is a more powerful way of marketing,” he said during the launch of high-speed broadband Internet connection here on Wednesday (April 7).

The State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker said with Mulu being a world heritage site, it needed to be equipped with key services for visitors.

“I still recall that during a Highland Development Agency meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, he emphasised that we need to improve Internet connectivity in Mulu and gave a target of two years to implement this.

“Although it’s slightly more than two years and with the various challenges faced (during implementation), I’m happy that this has been delivered.”

Gerawat said the connection upgrade had also brought a breath of fresh air to the community.

“In the last two days, every person I’ve met said they were very happy not just for the (improved) Internet but also the telephone services.”

He added that improved connection had also been extended to SMK Tutoh Apoh and Long Panai as part of Sacofa Sdn Bhd’s corporate social responsibility programme.

“I know there are some issues on the ground, I said this to government agencies, not just Sacofa; the ground issues, (you) leave it to me, implementation should be your part.”

Gerawat said with better Internet, it was also proof to the community that the digital economy policy was felt in rural areas and not limited to urban areas.

“This, to me, is an important message that we give to our rakyat here.”