Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Those who want to install broadband services in the state’s rural schools must get permission from the authorities.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing stressed this also applied to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), meaning it needed to obtain permission from the Ministry of Education (MoE) before installing such services in schools in Baleh constituency.

“Permission is needed from the Ministry of Education (MoE) before PSB can install the Connectme satellite broadband in the compound of schools.

“Whether they obtained any permission from MoE prior to installing Connectme in the school compound, I am not sure,” said the Baleh assemblyman today.

PSB had installed the broadband system at eight schools in Baleh, it was reported on Thursday. The schools concerned are SK Nanga Meluan, SK Sungai Paku, SK Lubok Mawang, SK Temenggong Koh, SK Lepong Gaat, SK Sungai Kain, SMK Baleh and SK Lubok Baya.

It is also learnt that the party was aiming to install satellite broadband WiFi facilities at 1,000 locations in the rural areas, with rural schools as priority in its initiative to provide communication and internet access to the people.

Tech website Soya Cincau reported in July that Connectme is an alternative internet option for places that are not connected by fibre and 4G coverage.

It reported the broadband service provider charges RM198 per month for its entry-level Connectme @ Home Super plan that comes with 60GB. Meanwhile its Supreme option which has 100GB of data costs RM298 per month.

The installation fee of the service as per its website now is RM700 in West Malaysia and RM1,200 in East Malaysia with it requiring both a one-month deposit and payment in advance.