PUTRAJAYA, Aug 30 — Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who today officially began duties as the Minister of Communications and Multimedia said that access to internet facilities must be considered a human right apart from basic necessities such as clothing, food and shelter.

He said internet access was a priority that he would pay attention to while helming the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM).

Besides the National Digital Network (Jendela) programme, he said access to Internet facilities must be viewed in a comprehensive manner as to be a developed and modernised nation, the country’s internet and related facilities must meet world standards. 

“We know this country is a rapidly developing country, there are urban and rural areas and occasionally we come across cases of children climbing trees (for internet access) due to lack of facilities and so on. This should not be taken lightly,” he said.

“I believe KKMM has its own plans (to address this) and for sure Jendela is of them with roll-outs being implemented, and we will look into all these. Access to internet facilities must be considered part of human rights,” he told reporters on his first day at work at the ministry here. 


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