On his official first day of work yesterday, 22 May, newly minted Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deoannounced that he will work towards achieving broadband connections that are “double the speed, half the price”
The Puchong MP has taken note of complaints from the public about the quality of broadband in Malaysia, Bernama reported.
During a special programme broadcast live on RTM, he said that, “If we look at broadband in other countries, the service provided differs greatly from what we (Malaysia) have, so there is no reason why we cannot emulate other systems from overseas. That’s one thing I will try to do, (which is) also part of the 100-day plan.”
On freedom of press, Gobind said that the new government stresses the importance of non-biased news reports to better shape the minds of the people
“In Pakatan Harapan (PH) we are advocating to uphold the principle of freedom for all parties, and an important aspect of this is the media,” he said, after announcing that the Anti Fake-News Act 2018 will be repealed.
Gobind argued that Malaysians are mature enough to watch debates on television, adding that, “If we want to have a debate, I don’t think there is a problem with that. We are actually debating (with each other) every day, even at the coffeeshop,” Bernama reported.
The Puchong MP also revealed that he will welcome criticism towards the PH government by the opposition in Parliament
According to Bernama, he said that, “I hope they are given the full opportunity to debate in Parliament and bring up issues close to the hearts of the people, criticising our government where necessary.”
“We should not have a Speaker who blocks the opposition from bringing up issues, and that’s the main difference between us and the previous government,” he added.
On Sunday, Gobind became the first Sikh Federal Minister in the country.