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Connecting with the world

on 16 April 2010.

2010/04/08

By Roy Goh

PENAMPANG: Residents of a remote village that takes up to eight hours to reach on foot can now access the Internet following the launch of a telecommunications centre here.


Funded by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, the centre, named Longkod Piromutan e-Buayan, now serves as the electronic heartbeat for the 500-odd Kampung Buayan Kadazandusun residents.

Apart from providing Internet service, the centre also has printing, scanning and typing machines as well as telephone connection to the residents of the village located at the edge of the Crocker Range.

The centre was developed jointly by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics, non-governmental organisation Partners of Communities of Sabah and the villagers.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, who launched the centre on Tuesday, said it was one of four such projects funded by the ministry in east Malaysia.

The other projects are for the Bajau community in Pulau Larapan, Semporna, Penans in Long Lamai and Ba'kelalan for the Lun Bawangs. The two latter sites are in Sarawak.


"The centre will have a strong impact towards improving the lives of the remote communities involved in this project because the villagers can now reach out to the world easier."

Also present at the launch were Assistant Finance Minister Donald Mojuntin, Unimas vice-chancellor Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid, Pacos trustee Jenny Lasimbang and project coodinator Irene Kodoyou.

Mojuntin said the centre would help expose the younger generation of the village as well as those in the vicinity to a world of knowledge through the Internet.

"This is a big step towards bridging the digital divide in this village and the nearby villages where they are predominantly farmers except for those who work outside."

Buayan is one of 10 villages at the edge of the Crocker Range accessible only on foot within this district.

Apart from the Crocker Range park, its footpath that links villages in several districts, known as the "salt trail", is also a popular tourist attraction.

Extracted from NST Online.

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