Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir Poor internet connectivity in Perak is causing much concern among users, especially those in the business sector. This shortcoming was raised to the Menteri Besar himself who has instructed KPerak to investigate the matter and find the cause. “The problem is becoming endemic. KPerak will conduct a forensic audit,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly executive committee meeting recently.

Theft of telecommunication cables could be the reason behind the problem. There has been an increase in the number of incidents of late, according to the Police.

Poor internet connectivity can have a negative impact on the state’s economy. Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir fears that this could be a deliberate act of sabotage by persons unknown and that is worrying.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would undertake measures to improve internet connectivity by increasing the number of high-speed internet stations in the state from the present 23 to 46. Plans to build 12 more 1Malaysia internet centres in the state are also in the pipeline.

Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Yahaya, the Executive Councillor for Sports, Communications and Multimedia, said that results of investigations by KPerak would be tabled at the coming executive committee meeting.