KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 19): Former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said the Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) issue should not be politicised and that the roll-out of 5G nationwide needs to be expedited.
He said Malaysia has been slow to roll out 5G due to the different priorities of the telcos.
“Due to profitability considerations, they are only interested in providing 5G in high population density areas with high demand. This means that the 5G roll-out in rural areas with low population and demand will be stunted,” he said.
This was why the government decided to set up DNB, which aims to accelerate the roll-out of 5G and offer cheap services to the people, including those in rural areas, the Bersatu president added when opening the party’s fourth AGM on Sunday (Dec 19).
Muhyiddin said there should not be parties that deliberately slow the roll-out due to certain interests and politicise the issue of DNB.
He said he is puzzled as the parties that had previously defended the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal are now comparing DNB to 1MDB.
“Please. Don’t insult the intelligence of Malaysians,” said Muhyiddin.
“1MDB is the biggest fraudulent scheme in the history of the world with tens of billions of ringgit transferred into accounts of suspicious offshore companies and subsequently went missing. And worse still, a total of RM2.6 billion went into the account of ‘Malaysian Official 1’,” he said.
On the other hand, Muhyiddin said DNB has a clear management structure and is managed by professionals, with the funding sourced from reputable companies.
Moreover, he said the prime minister is not a powerful adviser of DNB.
He hopes that the government will proceed with the roll-out of 5G based on the Single Wholesale Network model, and that the implementation must not be interrupted by certain parties.