KUALA LUMPUR - It's good that Malaysians are going to get to make cheaper calls, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He praised local telecommunication providers for agreeing to make services affordable to Malaysians.
"It's a good move. They are responding to what consumers want by reducing the tariffs," Ahmad Shabery said at the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrations held at Muzium Telekom.
So far Celcom Axiata, DiGi Telecommunications, U Mobile and Maxis Bhd have said they supported Ahmad Shabery's call for lower rates.
Ahmad Shabery said he wants to make sure there are lower rates within the time frame promised.
He said the government needed the support of telcos to hit the target of the 11th Malaysia Plan.
The telcos cannot just be moved by profit when spending on infrastructure, said Ahmed Shabery.
Under the 2016-2020 plan announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, digital infrastructure is key to developing knowledge-intensive industries, he said.
"This is a tall order but failure is not an option if we want to be a developed nation in the next five years" he said.
He said Malaysians should get to enjoy digital services such as e-commerce and online banking.
"Connecting the unconnected in remote areas is a challenge but no one should be denied the right," he said.