Premier wants TVS to extend distribution of free MYTV decoders to rural areas in Sarawak

Abang Johari (left) photographed with a recipient of the TVS Prihatin programme at her home, while other distinguished guests look on. Photo credit: Ukas

By Shikin Louis

GEDONG, Nov 11: Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg wants State-owned television station TVS to extend its programme of giving away free MYTV decoders to rural areas across the State.

He was referring to the TVS Prihatin programme which involves the distribution of MYTV decoders to 300 e-Kasih recipients in Gedong here so that they could enjoy TV broadcasts.


“It is a bit difficult (to implement now) because our telecommunication towers are not yet completed.

“This (distribution to rural areas) will serve as an effective channel in terms of education for our people and TVS will also diversify its content according to the current trend and programmes that are on par with other TV channels,” he said when speaking during the TVS Prihatin programme held in Gedong here today.

Speaking to the reporters after the event, Abang Johari further said that TVS will have its own building located at the Performing Arts Centre (old Sarawak Legislative Assembly building).

“We will start construction next year.

“TVS will have a new building with a studio and the latest equipment to conduct live telecasts,” he elaborated.

The TVS Prihatin programme, which was organised in conjunction with the station’s third anniversary celebration, features two main activities namely tree-planting at Masjid Al-Khawtar performed by Abang Johari and Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, and the distribution of 300 MYTV decoders to e-Kasih recipients.

Among those present were Deputy Ministers in the Premier’s Department Datuk Abdullah Saidol (Corporate Affairs, Information, and UKAS) and Datuk Jefferson Jamit Unyat (Native Customs and Law); Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development (Infrastructure Development) Datuk Aidel Lariwoo; Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodity & Regional Development Sarawak (Commodity & Regional Development) Datuk Martin Ben and TVS deputy executive chairman-cum-chief executive officer Kushairi Abang. — DayakDaily