The first device was installed at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) campus in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan last month.
KUALA LUMPUR — The second Starlink internet device has been installed at Kampung Orang Asli Hulu Kemensah near here today, according to Minister of Communications and Digital Fahmi Fadzil.
In a Facebook post, the minister said the area is the first Orang Asli settlement chosen to be installed with the Starlink device, and the second location after the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) campus in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan last month.
Fahmi said the quality of the existing internet quality in the Orang Asli settlement was very poor and almost nonexistent despite having 135 people residing in the area.
“My objective remains the same, which is to ensure that the remaining three per cent of populated areas without internet are given priority,” he said.
At present, 97 per cent of populated areas in the country have internet access.
40 More Internet Devices
In the post, Fahmi also said that he has asked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to conduct further studies on long-term solutions, including tower construction and fibre-optic installation.
“May this internet service bring a new light to the local residents,” he said.
On 15 July, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was reported as saying that the government planned to install 40 satellite internet devices from Starlink, at higher education institutions around the country to help students who were unable to study due to unreliable Internet connectivity.
Anwar said the decision was made during his virtual meeting with SpaceX chief executive officer Elon Musk recently. — Bernama