BUTTERWORTH, Feb 6 — A total of 1,488 residents of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) Taman Bagan Jaya will enjoy free internet access for nine months, beginning this month.
Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming said the free service was offered under the ongoing Jendela@PPR initiative, as providing a broadband facility to every home is one of his ministry’s focuses.
“It covers the provision of internet access facilities to every PPR household, as part of efforts to enhance the standard of living in these projects,” he said in a statement issued by the Local Government Development Ministry (KPKT), today.
Earlier, Nga visited the residents of PPR Taman Bagan Jaya here to check the status of installation works of the Jendela@PPR initiative implemented here. It is expected to be 100 per cent complete next month.
Also present were KPKT secretary-general Datuk M Noor Azman Taib; state Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and PR1MA chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Md Shariff.
The broadband internet facilities are being offered to every housing unit in 30 PPR schemes, via direct internet access (DIA), under the Jendela@PPR initiative, and KPKT is committed to continuing the initiative, costing RM22 million, for the benefit and well-being of the people, he said.
“The Jendela@PPR initiative involves 30 PPR projects nationwide, covering 13,218 housing units and benefiting 53,000 B40 group households. It involves the installation of fibre optic cables, routers and modems as well as 30Mbps internet service in each housing unit.
He added that PR1MA Communications Sdn Bhd (PR1MA Comm), as a subsidiary of PR1MA Corporation, has been given the responsibility to implement the initiative as a broadband service provider, to ensure that the PPR residents are not marginalised given the current technological progress.
“KPKT will continue to focus on empowering the quality of services and delivery, especially the housing aspect, which is in line with the government’s aspirations and concerns in creating comfortable and affordable housing for the people,” he said.