TUARAN: More than 700 people from eight villages in the Ulu Kiulu area here are urging leading tele-communications services provider, Celcom (Malaysia) Bhd, to set up a transmission tower in their area for them to enjoy mobile phone services.Chairman of the Action Committee for the villages, Jumadi Gimus said it was important for the villages to have access to mobile phone services especially in the event of an emergency.The eight villages are namely Kampung Sinorut, Lingga, Tolong, Mantob, Dumpiring, Mangkaladom, Polod and Gonipis.
“All these villages are far away from the nearest town, Kiulu, which has a medical clinic. If there is an emergency and immediate medical attention is required, the people are forced to go to Kampung Pukak, near Kiulu to make any mobile phone call.“There is no fixed phone service at home also and therefore it is like we are cut-off from the outside world and only rely on face-to-face communication to pass through any important message,” Jumadi told Bernama yesterday.
Voicing his concern, Jumadi hoped the parties especially Celcom or Telekom Malaysia Bhd will be able to do something to help the people in line with the government’s call to telecommunication companies to expand their mobile phone services coverage to rural areas.
He also said it was time for the people in remote villages in the state to start enjoying telephone services and other facilities, adding that many of the roads here were poor or still under construction.
According to Celcom’s statistics, mobile phone services coverage in the country was 95 per cent currently including 3G facilities in many of the places in the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kedah and Penang.Meanwhile, Kiulu state assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas also supported the people’s call for mobile services in the area.
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