Guan Eng slams Salleh over slower Internet remarks

How can Malaysia move forward while going backward, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng asked Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, who reportedly said that Malaysians preferred slower broadband speed.

He said he failed to understand the rationale of the minister claiming that Malaysians prefer “snail-pace” broadband to “cheetah-pace”.

“What kind of logic is that? Are we also going back to bullock carts (kereta lembu) and foregoing cars? Are we going backwards? Better we just stick to being an underdeveloped nation.

“What is the use of becoming a developed nation when one of the characteristics of such a country is fast broadband speeds?” he said in a press conference in Komtar earlier today.

Lim was commenting on Salleh who said yesterday that 71% of Malaysian Internet users preferred slower Streamyx broadband package with speeds between 384kbps to 1mbps.

Salleh said a majority of customers prefer cheaper and slower packages even though higher broadband speeds were available.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said it might be better for Salleh to switch ministries.

“How can a communication minister say something like this? Salleh is unqualified to be the minister. Better he quits or Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak transfers him to a slow ministry or make him a minister without portfolio.

“Appoint a communication minister who works faster and wants faster broadband. It does not make sense at all for a minister to want slow broadband,” he said.

“Even Rafidah could not stand it anymore,” Lim added, referring to the former international trade and industries minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s Facebook posting today that questioned how Putrajaya came to such a conclusion.

“Everyone is criticising now, like Rafidah… We are slower than Singapore and Thailand. We are only at 384kbps. There are other countries with up to 5mbps.”

“Who can agree with him?” he said, also dismissing Salleh’s rationale that consumers would go for slower speeds because such packages were cheaper.

Lim said even if consumers went for higher speed packages, they were not going to be charged four or five times more expensive than the slower speed packages.

“It does not make sense. People always go for broadband packages that are faster and with more reliable speeds,” he said. – September 30, 2015.

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