Annuar Musa had previously announced that the decision to let Finance Ministry's special purpose vehicle Digital National Bhd (DNB) handles the 5G rollout will be reconsidered.
Then the communication and multimedia minister yesterday said the government will take into account the views of MPs who opposed its plan for the 5G rollout via the single wholesale network concept.
Those MPs who are mostly from the Opposition have suddenly became IT experts and ardent defenders of the telcos on the issue.
They didn't seem to even notice that the country's
Well, it's probably because most, if not all of those Opposition MPs' constituencies are in the urban areas and therefore they couldn't care less about connectivity in the villages.
Yup, the whole point of the plan to let DNB handles the 5G rollout was to make sure the rural areas don't lag further behind as they currently do because the telcos only care about making even more money in the urban areas.
The MPs talked about letting market forces being the deciding factor in the 5G rollout, which was typical of urban people.
For them, it's the villagers fault that they live in the rural areas and getting poor connectivity.
And I honestly believe that they don't really care about village kids having to climb trees to get internet connection for their online classes.
|The digital divide reached a flashpoint last year when 18-year-old Veveonah Mosibin, from Kg Sabanalang Pitas in Sabah, went viral in March 2020 after she posted a video of herself studying on top of a tree in order to sit for her exams.|
Ya, they did make some noises for political mileage when such stories went viral but when the government wanted to really do something to address the problem, they talked about market forces and such.
They even defended the telcos which supposedly spent RM26 billion on the 4G platform yet still resulted in stories of kids on trees trying to get connected with their classes.
How much the telcos contributed or offer to contribute to your election funds YBs?
Why I asked?
Because I saw this earlier this morning,
Hopefully it's not true.
Sorry, anything to do with the communists in Beijing raises the red flag in my brain.
Anyway, I'm hoping for the government to stay the course with its original 5G rollout plan, which prioritise equality between the urban and rural areas.
Why do we need to care too much about the telcos that have already made tonnes of money all these while despite giving Malaysians relatively poor services, especially in the rural areas?
I really don't understand why the government is even considering making a U-turn on the matter.
Eh, Annuar, after this, if a village kid got hurt or worse after falling down a tree to get internet connectivity, those Opposition MPs will still go after you, okay.
They will have memory loss about pressuring the government to give the 5G rollout to the telcos, which as usual will give priority to the urban areas where their constituencies are located.