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PUBLISHED: Sep 27, 2015 6:14pm

Focus on Malaysia’s Internet speed instead of blogging, Lim tells minister

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Rajina Dhillon

DAP's Lim Kit Siang says Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak only appeared to be interested in blogging against Datuk Seri Najib Razak's detractors, particularly former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27, 2015:

Lim Kit Siang wants the Communication and Multimedia Minister  to stop playing  “chief propagandist”  to the Prime Minister and start focusing on Malaysia’s Internet infrastructure.

The DAP supremo said Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak only appeared to be interested in blogging against Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s detractors, particularly former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, instead of reacting towards Malaysia’s poor Internet speed performance compared with neighbouring countries.

Lim noted that it had been four days since the release of the Second Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) Report by Akamal Technologies Inc, a global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services.

“One would have expected Salleh to be very occupied with blueprints, announcements, statements or even blogs as to how Malaysia is to return to the front-line of information technology powers, as envisaged two decades ago,  with the launching of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), which was announced at the time as ‘a gift to the world’, but Salleh  has been conspicuously unconcerned about Malaysia’s poor Internet infrastructure.

“In the past three days, Salleh had penned at least four blog pieces, defending Najib and attacking in particular  Dr Mahathir, when as a minister  he should be brainstorming with his IT experts on the  proper response to the  Akamai Second Quarter 2015 SOTI Report so as to upgrade Malaysia’s Internet infrastructure after the poor statistics when compared with other countries,” Lim said in a statement today.

The Gelang Patah lawmaker pointed out Malaysia’s poor performance in average Internet speed whereby the country ranked 70th with an average speed of 5.0 Mbps, behind Singapore with 12.7Mbps.

Singapore also recorded the highest global peak connection speed of 108.3 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (94.8Mbps), South Korea (83.3 Mbps), Japan (75.1 Mbps) and Taiwan (74.5 Mbps).

In the category, Malaysia came in 57th globally, recording a peak connection speed of 36.5 Mbps, coming behind Thailand that ranked 20th with peak speeds of 51.5 Mbps.

Lim said the former Sabah Chief Minister should be concerned about these figures, which showed Malaysia “in poor light” and could cause repercussions on the economic growth potential of the country.

“If Salleh is Najib’s best choice of a chief propagandist to fight his propaganda war to survive his political trials and tribulations, Najib should appoint Salleh as a chief propagandist.

“But Malaysia needs a suitable person to be Minister for Communications and Multimedia, who has the understanding and passion to make Malaysia an information technology power and leverage the powers of information technology for Malaysia to become a fully developed nation.”

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