KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — The Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim wants the 50 per cent broad band connectivity to be achieved in households early next year.
According to Rais, the achievement was important to enable Malaysia to keep up with Internet developments in the world.
“I feel that the 50 per cent achievement must be reached quickly and a part of it depends on permanent lines by Telekom and wireless lines including by Wi-Max and Wi-Fi,” he told reporters after officiating “Kumpulan Rakan Siswa Jasa Malaysia (Karisma)” here yesterday.
Commenting on the criticism hurled by deputy chairman of the Malaysia-Australia Business Council, Michael Halpin, on the unsatisfactory Internet speed in the country, Rais said not all that was said was true.
He said the statement by Halpin was as if to paint Malaysia as lagging behind as compared to developed countries whereas the broad band service in the country was at 27 per cent almost at par with Hungary which was at 30 per cent this year. — Bernama
By Debra Chong
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 19 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s move today in declaring Sept 16 a public holiday — to mark the day Malaysia was formed, 46 years after the fact — was met with laughter by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We should have more holidays,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here in an immediate reaction to the announcement made in Parliament earlier.
“Work is not important. Holiday is important,” the 84-year-old added, wearing his trademark smirk.
Dr Mahathir said he did not want to criticise Najib’s effort, but pointed out that he was often described as a “workaholic”.
“But now, I’m on a long holiday. I’m not working for anybody,” he said, smiling from ear to ear. Read more