Sabah doubling its effort to improve Internet access to enable Digital Economy growth


KOTA KINABALU – To increase Internet access in an effort to strengthen its digital economy, Sabah government is working closely with telecommunications companies.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state government would also set up a digital economy unit to spur efforts to empower the sector.

The effort is aimed at enhancing online business development and marketing, which is now part of the new normal, he told reporters after handing over medical equipment from the Osimal Foundation.

“If there is a robust digital economy platform, farmers and vegetable suppliers from Kundasang, Ranau, for example, will no longer have to go to Kota Kinabalu to market their products, instead they only need to use the online system to communicate with their customers.

“That’s why it is necessary to ensure that all areas in Sabah have Internet access,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie, commenting on the call for a two-week parliamentary session, said it was the best platform to discuss issues related to COVID-19 including clarifying the country’s current economic situation and directions for the future.

“This (COVID-19) is a big thing that is being faced and we (the MPs) are only meeting once a day (while) there is a lot of information the public needs to know,” he said.