Yussibnosh Balo

MUKAH: A state assemblyman wants Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to quickly establish internet connectivity as the state government had allocated RM1 billion for the purpose.

Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo said he and Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi approached SMA in early 2019 concerning Internet access problems in their respective constituencies.

“Several state assemblymen have also asked about the same matter as RM1 billion has been allocated by the state government, but the projects have not been implemented yet,” he told New Sarawak Tribune via WhatsApp on Saturday.

Yussibnosh revealed that currently at Politeknik Mukah and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Mukah Campus here, the internet signals were weak.

He said Mukah really needed better telecommunication facilities now, especially with the presence of institutions of higher learning, while government offices as well as students also have the same urgent need.

He hoped that SMA would expedite the implementation of telecommunication network throughout Sarawak for the benefit of all.

According to him, before SMA, matters pertaining to telecommunication infrastructure were under Sacofa Sdn Bhd.

SMA is a regulatory body established pursuant to Section 3 of Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ordinance 2017, with the primary objective to spearhead, oversee and facilitate the development and implementation of the communication, multimedia and the State’s digital economy initiatives.

Sacofa is the leading telecommunication infrastructure provider in Sarawak, and its primary objective is to promote common sharing of telecommunication infrastructure among operators, enabling speedy and cost-effective service roll-out throughout Sarawak.