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RM50m telco towers for Kudat, Pitas
Published on: Friday, February 23, 2018

Kudat: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is building 21 communication towers, worth RM50.4 million, in Kudat and Pitas to increase Internet access in the affected areas.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, said 13 of the towers, costing RM31.2 million, would be built in Pitas, while the remaining eight towers, costing RM19.2 million, would be built in Kudat.

"We will implement it this year. Tender for the project has been called and it will be finalised soon.

"With the construction of the communication towers, it will increase Internet coverage in the affected areas," he said.

Salleh, who is also Umno Treasurer, told this to reporters after a lunch with Kudat Barisan Nasional (BN) here Tuesday.

He said the better Internet access, it would help to increase the socio-economic standard of the residents in the area.

"The government will focus on three matters in telecommunication. First, the coverage, second is the speed and third, the cost," he said.

He said since there were still areas in Sabah which did not have Internet facility, it was the government's responsibility to provide it.

"With the construction of the telecommunication towers, it will ensure Internet facility and higher speed in the areas concerned," he said.

Meanwhile, Salleh said the country's rapid development and prosperity, as well as the various achievements that received international accolades , were the results of teamwork practised by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government .

He said they were also achieved because of the solidarity among the Malaysian people of various races and religions who continued to give their mandate to BN to administer the country.

However, he expressed regrets that there were quarters, especially the opposition parties led by "U-turn leaders", attempting to deny the BN government's achievements by telling the people that Sabah was neglected and the promises made during the formation of Malaysia were not fulfilled.

"It is all lies. Since the formation of Malaysia, we have the Malaysia Agreement, we have the Federal Constitution which protect our interests as Sabah people.

"And Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promised, he said if there is anything that belongs to Sabah that has been taken away, he will return it. So, what's the problem," he said.

Following the promise by Najib, Salleh said a federal- level committee co-chaired by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who is from Sabah, and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Nancy Shukri, a Sarawakian, with each of them also chairing a state-level committeeto look into the matter.

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