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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, April 6: Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) will be implemented throughout the interior of Sarawak especially the most-out-of-reach villages to give Internet access which would improve rural residents and communities’ day-to-day lifestyles.
The Berawan communities of Long Terawan and Kampung Malinau in Ulu Sungai Tutoh as well as the Penan community in Kampung Batu Bungan in rural Miri are among the villages now connected with WiFi services today.
Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala pointed out that MySRBN is among the digital projects currently being implemented by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government throughout Sarawak which also include the rural areas.
“This clearly demonstrates that the Digital Economic Policy of YAB (Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) has become a reality and now can be felt and enjoyed by the rural communities such as in Long Terawan, Kampung Malinau and Kampung Batu Bungan.
“SMK Tutoh and SK Long Panai will also have access to Internet services soon,” he revealed during the launching of MySRBN in Long Terawan, Mulu in Miri by Abang Johari today.
Gerawat, who is also Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), emphasised that this is all possible because of Abang Johari’s initiative and drive to build the digital infrastructure to support Sarawak’s digital economy.
“Today, the communities here have become part of the digital world together with the digital community in major cities and trade centres of the world.
“Students and teachers can learn online to gain more knowledge and improve their academic performance. Villagers can go into online business and reach out to customers in cities and towns as well as across the world. The Internet can become an avenue for villagers to improve and diversify their economic resources,” he said.
Gerawat commended Abang Johari as a visionary and people-centric leader who implements comprehensive planning and development strategies for the whole of Sarawak.
“In his four short years as Chief Minister of Sarawak, we have witnessed a wave of developments and new style of governance that have changed the landscape of Sarawak,” he added. — DayakDaily