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EIGHT post offices to be modernised

… at the cost of RM5 million to spur e-commerce activities

DATUK Jailani Johari (left), accompanied by Pos Malaysia Sarawak manager Bong Tung Hui (second right) visits the mail arrival hall at the Pos Malaysia Kuching Mail Centre in Pending, Kuching. PHOTO: RAMIDI SUBARI

KUCHING: Post Malaysia Berhad will modernise eight post offices in Sarawak, namely Kapit, Limbang, Serian, Lutong,Bintangor, Sarikei, Saratok and Sri Aman this year at the cost of RM5 million to spur e-commerce in the state.

The Miri Poslaju centre will also be upgraded at the cost of RM1 million.

Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari, said post offices played an important role, not only by providing the infrastructure, but also postal services throughout the state.

“At the same time, we want to move along with the Sarawak state government’s hope in generating the e-commerce in the state,” he told the media during his working visit to Post Malaysia’s Kuching Mail Centre and Jalan Tun Razak here, yesterday.

He said the state government had also been encouraging the rural folks to venture into e-commerce by making optimal use of the 124 1Malaysia Internet Centres (PI1M) set up by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) or Pos Malaysia.

He said these centres would become the hub for e-commerce, and help to narrow the digital divide between the urban and rural areas.

“For Sarawak, when there is a population, we will provide the infrastructure for the area, and it does not depend on the geographical situation,” he said.

On other matter, Jailani also pointed that the ministry would erect 70 small cells coomunication towers in the state at the cost of RM35 million to boost communication access.

“From 2008 until now, the government had spent RM1.8 billion to provide the necessary infrastructure for better Internet and communication access in the state,” he said.

According to Bernama, the government aims to generate RM8.2 billion worth of e-commerce business and as at 2015, some RM7.2 billion worth of such businesses had been recorded.


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