Over dinner, a corporate personality suggested that UMNO should move upwards and position itself as a champion of the ‘Transformed Malaysia’ lifestyle.
“UMNO should subsidise 3G smart phones and connectivity, especially in places like Sabah. Make UMNO a ‘new lifestyle’ for Sabahans”.
It makes perfect sense. Information is power.
The Sabahans’ lives could be transformed by a few steps forward with connectivity to the cybersphere. Their horizon be broadened and depth of knowledge, deepened. They could also gain new skills with these new communications-enabled opportunities.
The UMNO-cybersphere subsidy should also include Astro and TM Unifi connectivity. News, entertainment, sports and even educational programs could reach Sabahans with far better efficiency. Up-skilling programs for the ICT industry could be introduced immediately.
This program will naturally press for the service providers to upgrade their services in Sabah rapidly. Currently, Sabah is the lowest broadband penetration rate in the country at 34% of households compared to the national average of 63.8%. Cellular phones penetration rate is also the lowest at 88% compared against the national average of 135%.
Naturally, Sabahans would relate to the party which agenda is about bringing socio-economic development and transformation agenda. It is a direct benefit that the 600,000 UMNO Sabah members would gain from their membership and strong unequivocal support to the Sabah State and Federal Government.
This would provide the more comprehensive opportunity for each Sabah UMNO Divisional leaders to get closer with every grass root members.
This will top Minister in-charge of Information, Culture and Communications Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, Ph.D’s marvellous offer of ‘Free 30mins daily internet’ two weeks ago when Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak met with TM employees at Menara Telekom.
This makes a good ‘1 Malaysia’ national integration sense. It is time that UMNO does a technologically induced pro-active engagement for its members.