NGO slams Guan Eng over Internet remarks


(The Rakyat Post) – A Sabah-based non-governmental organisation called Media Teens Consumer Group (MTECOG) has taken to task DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) for blaming Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak for the slow internet speed in the country.

MTECOG head Zeno Abdullah Roben, in a statement, said DAP leaders should stop twisting words and attacking whatever the ruling government did for the rakyat as if it could provide the best in everything for the people in the Malaysia if it governed the country.

Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, had said today that Salleh should be transferred to a slower-paced role for allegedly saying Malaysians preferred slower internet speed as it cost less.

“Many people are annoyed by Lim’s harsh comments and the incessant politicising of ministers’ statements by DAP.

“We know DAP is eager to bad-mouth the Barisan Nasional government, but in Sabah, they push people away for being so arrogant, as if only DAP knows what is best for this country.

“The communications minister could have just outlined the ironic truth that statistics show more Malaysians still prefer the more affordable Internet package which is, of course, slower in speed.

“But if that is the truth, so what ? After all, the minister is working very hard to uplift our Internet coverage and broadband penetration, especially in Sabah and Sarawak,” said Zeno.

He said Lim should consider the Internet package just like every other service needed by consumers, stressing that some people preferred affordability rather than services.

Zeno said MTECOG — a grouping of young Internet consumers — was tired of politicking in the country and wanted to be also heard.

“DAP leaders should also be reminded that even if the party’s headquarters has a fast Internet facility, that facility will slow down once users in the vicinity do their heavy online work and downloading, all at the same time.

“It (slow or fast Internet) all depends on the situation. We the teenagers appreciate the government’s effort to make Internet available to as many people as possible, including in the rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak,” said Zeno.