Published: Thursday June 14, 2012 MYT 5:21:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 14, 2012 MYT 5:23:59 PM
Rais: Internet initiatives on track
By YVONNE LIM
KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts to ensure every Malaysian has Internet access are estimated to be about halfway to its goal, said Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
The Information, Communications and Culture Minister said after a year of implementation, his ministry is about 52% on its way towards achieving the goals set under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) Content Communication and Infrastructure (CCI).
"We can already see how the people are benefiting from the initiatives.
"To date, over 1,400 villages have Kampung Tanpa Wayar (Wireless Villages) facilities, and we have more than 250 Community Broadband Centres and 99 Community Broadband Libraries nationwide.
"Entry-point projects (EPP) like Get Malaysian Business Online and EPP My Creative Content have helped many start businesses which are now running well," he said after chairing a NKEA-CCI working committee meeting at Angkasapuri here Thursday.
Other EPP projects include establishing e-Learning for students and workers, as well as e-Healthcare and e-Government online services.
He also said more than 70% of the RM200mil in the Industry Creative Fund has been used to help improve the quality of local creative productions.
The minister added that this was a busy year for the committee, with a few projects running concurrently and more in the pipelines, to turn Malaysia into a regional digital leader.
"We are hoping to launch a tutorial programme soon to teach people, especially those in the rural areas, on how to use the Internet to start and develop their businesses.
"We are also looking at how we can improve the music and advertising industries in country and bring them on par with the rest of the world," he said.