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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27, 2015:

Baling Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim has questioned the failure of the 1BestariNet project that has used up RM663 million.

The BN lawmaker said the project that was implemented with YTL Communications failed to deliver as promised.

“Yesterday, according to media reports, teachers and students complained of having to wait four hours.

“What was promised in the programme was they would prepare 4 to 20 megabytes per second but eventually today there is only 0.2 to 3 Mbps,” he said.

According to Abdul Azeez, he wants the relevant ministry to take immediate action because it involved a huge allocation.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari, when answering the question, said that the project was not under his ministry.

He explained that the project was under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister at the time.

“This ministry, which is under broadband implementation programme, does not specify any service provider to provide services in certain areas, meaning there is no exclusivity.

“Actually, 1BestariNet is not under this ministry. It is a nationwide project headed by the former Education Minister under the ministry and the project was tasked to YTL Communications.”

The Auditor-General’s Report before this revealed that the project did not fulfil the two-and-a -half year target apart from having failed to prepare the Maya Education Platform to 10,000 schools nationwide.

In its proceedings, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also found that the first phase of the project failed to be implemented in 2011.

Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin (PMSP) then made a report to the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the project.

“Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should not have left the project because we want to help in the education of students and teachers,” said PMSP economic adviser Suud Ridzuan.

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