Internet Speed: “Salleh Keruak made the most stupid Ministerial Statement”

  • Malaysia lags behind Asian countries in terms of internet speed at an average of 7.2 Mbps in 2015
  • Malaysians pay close to RM400/month for 100 Mbps internet, compared to only RM200 in Singapore.

Salleh Said Keruak in his blog, in response to Lim Kit Siang, mentioned that “Malaysia’s focus is speed, coverage and affordability”. He made a point that Lim Kit Siang, being a veteran politician and an avid internet user, was not aware of the different internet speed, costs and affordability.

Lim Kit Siang, in response to this, lashed back at Salleh’s statements, saying that his statement was “the most stupid ministerial statement, not only poorly researched but highlights total ignorance of his Ministerial responsibility”. According to Kit Siang, Salleh missed the whole point because “the issue is that high Internet speeds in Malaysia are too costly and unaffordable when compared to other countries when the Minister’s task is to make them affordable and popular”.

In fact, Malaysia still lagged behind other ASEAN countries and the rest of the world. Malaysia’s average internet speed in 2015 was 7.2 Mbps, compared to the Asia’s average of 28.1 Mbps and global average of 23.4 Mbps.

Singapore for instance, has doubled its average broadband internet speed in the past 15 months to become Asia’s fastest internet provider at 118.8 Mbps.

The fastest internet provider in Malaysia, Maxis Fibre Internet with internet speed of up to 100 Mbps and unlimited download is billed at RM398 per month. Another service provider, TIME Fibre Home Broadband has a similar speed of 100 Mbps with 100GB download cap, is billed at RM189.74 per month.

These rates are way more expensive than the average internet provider with similar internet speed. For example, Singapore’s slowest Starhub 100 Mbps Cable Broadband is billed at only RM193 per month (compared to that of RM398/month in Malaysia).

With about RM400/month, instead of 100Mbps internet speed, you could get two 1Gbps in Singapore!

Even in European countries, Japan and United States, decent internet services are cheaper than that available in Malaysia.

Lim Kit Siang therefore asks Salleh “can Salleh outline what initiatives he had discussed or introduced in his two months as the new Communications and Multimedia Minister to improve on the internet infrastructures to ensure that Malaysians enjoy fast, affordable and extensive access to Internet?”

This is the question we Malaysians should ask him again and again as Salleh seems to be too embroiled to be the PM’s propagandist, not unlike Rahman Dahlan, Ahman Maslan and the rest of the Umno gangs.

– Bobohizan.

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