Sarawak election: Free Astro decoders and TV sets for rural longhouses

Some 2,000 units of Astro decoders and television sets will be distributed to longhouses in the interior areas of the state this year.

Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Joseph Salang Gandum said the respective district offices would identify the recipients.

“The units will be distributed after the state election,” he said after
visiting Rh. Kilau, one of the five longhouses in Sungai Tunoh settlement areas
in the interior of Baleh.

“Each longhouse will get one unit which will be placed under the longhouse
chief’s care,” he added.

Salang who flew in to the area added the longhouses must be in areas
with no access to Radio Television Malaysia or the TV 3 television broadcast.

He said the gesture was part of the government’s programme to help rural
folks be better informed on happenings all over the country and even the world.

On the request for more kampung Wi-Fi projects, Salang said he would bring
the matter to the attention of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia
Commission (MCMC).

Information, Communication and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim, said during the launch of the Nanga Machan Wi-Fi village project that the government planned to set up 600 such villages throughout the state within the next one year.

– Bernama