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Fiber Optics to Strengthen Communication Between the People and Leaders

SHAH ALAM, 25 Nov: Selangor intends to have fiber optic linkages to establish an effective communications system in effort to link the people with state leaders.

The Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, said that the plan is still undergoing thorough research and is under consideration with Telekom Malaysia.

“We have plans to use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook as a medium for the said system.

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“If this plan becomes a reality, perhaps we may be able to control reporting, however it does not meet the freedom of expression code in accordance with international views,” he said.

He said this in reply to supplementary questions from Gan Pei Nei (PKR-Rawang) regarding the state government’s plans to use smartphone apps to transmit news more effectively.

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Earlier, Abdul Khalid (PKR-Port Klang) answered questions from Lee Kee Hiong (DAP-Kuala Kubu Baharu) on the membership list and spending of the Communication Corporation Sdn Bhd (CCSB) which manages the state’s weekly newspaper, Selangor Kini.

He explained that CCSB has 61 employees at a cost of RM840,000 in 2009 and 84 employees with spending reaching RM3.4 million (2010).

CCSB recorded a total of 91 employees at a cost of RM3.7 million (2011), 67 employees at a cost of RM3.4 million (2013) and 58 employees involving spending of RM2.5 million as of September.


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