Fahmi: Flood Relief Centres Must Have Reliable WiFi Access And Comms Towers Need To Be Working After The Floods

The Comms and Digital Minister tasked MCMC with making sure evacuees have internet access and are able to use telecommunication services after the floods.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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A couple of days ago, we covered news where Fahmi Fadzil, the Communications and Digital Minister, ordered the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to handle any telecommunications network problems in flood-affected regions, particularly in relief centres and to act right away if there is. Yesterday, Fahmi have more to say regarding this matter.

The Vibes reported that Fahmi has given the MCMC instructions to step up efforts with mobile network operators to guarantee WiFi service in flood relief sites and tasked MCMC to look into this concern in the flood-affected states of Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan.

He continued by saying that although many of these centres offer internet connectivity to evacuees, MCMC needs to get in touch with the telcos to activate WiFi in the relief centres.

At the same time, I have asked MCMC to monitor all telecommunication towers in the affected areas to ensure that the facilities can be used immediately after the flood water has receded.

This is to ensure the towers can be used again when floods recede and these towers can be used immediately. If anything needs to be repaired, it can be done immediately.

Additionally, friends from the media can reach out to my office directly if they are facing any issues with coverage on the field so that they can be resolved immediately.

Communications and Digital Minister, Fahmi Fadzil.

In addition, Fahmi stated that the ministry will use all radio and television channels to notify the public of flood information in advance warnings, particularly in areas that are likely to flood and for victims in afflicted areas.

He added that the National Disaster Management Agency has also worked with telecommunications companies to deliver flood information via SMS.

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