|Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob (middle) at the launch of the state's free WiFi programme in Kota Bharu. (Bernama pic)|
KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government today launched the state's free WiFi programme at 10 hotspots around Kota Bharu.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob said the development of the 10 hotspots, costing RM225,000, was provided by Infra Quest Sdn Bhd (IQSB), a subsidiary of the Kelantan State Economic Development Corporation (PKINK).
"The implementation of this free WiFi facility is one of Kelantan's sustainable development plans for this year in ensuring that we are moving into digital technology.
"It is also one of our promises in our general election manifesto last year.
"We hope this facility will be fully utilised for the good of the people and not abused to spread lies," he told reporters after officiating the launch of the programme here.
Among the free WiFi hotspots, with a capacity of 50 Mbps each, are Medan Mara, Bulatan Jam Besar, Dataran Cheng Ho, Pasar Siti Khadijah, Buluh Kubu Bazaar, Medan Usahawanan at the stadium and several main roads around Kota Bharu.
In another development, Ahmad claimed that the suit filed by the federal government against the Kelantan government over the recognition Orang Asli Temiar land rights at Pos Simpor near Gua Musang was likely to garner votes in the Cameron Highland parliamentary by-election.
He said the Orang Asli's wellbeing was never marginalised as the state government had provided protected areas for the community.
It had provided 4,800ha of water catchment areas as well as for agricultural activities and settlements that were supposed to be managed by the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa).
Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah meanwhile said projects in the Orang Asli settlements were only implemented after receiving approval from the Department of Environment and refuted claims the state government was irresponsible.