Free Internet, phone calls for villagers in iComm project

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PEKAN: Villagers of Kampung Padang Rumbia here now have free Internet access and free telephone calls when a pilot security and communications system began operations today.

Called the Smart Community Infrastructure System or iComm, it includes a closed circuit television network, river and flood level monitoring and Internet-based mobile communications which could also be used for border security.

The prime minister, Najib Razak, launched the pioneer project today. It is said to be the first of its kind in the region and would later be extended to the rest of the country to bring information and communication technology to the rural community.

“We can instal the iComm system in East Sabah such as in Lahad Datu, Semporna, and Sandakan. Through the CCTV installed, we can trace the presence of any foreign elements trying to infiltrate into the country,” he said. “This system brings much benefits directly not only to the people but also the government.”

The project was carried out by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation through its research agency Mimos Sdn Bhd.

Najib said the village had been equipped with 10 CCTV sets which would enable everything that occurs in the village to be monitored.

A sophisticated flood warning system was also provided.

“The project enables the people of Padang Rumbia to enjoy life that is different from the past”, comparing it to the time his father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein was prime minister. At that time the people needed basic amenities such as power supply, water, roads, community halls and cattle projects.

“Now the time has passed, the country has developed far ahead, with development based on knowledge, science and technology,” he said, and pledged that the government would ensure that no part of the country was left out.

He hoped that the people would not misuse the facilities and to carefully evaluate information or reports found on the Internet

– BERNAMA