Saturday, November 24, 2012

Yee urges parabolic dish solution

Posted by Smookiekins On 11/24/2012 10:19:00 AM

There is still no forthcoming decision from the relevant ministry on the use of parabolic satellite dishes in the country.

Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai said he feels this lack of progress is hampering the state’s effort to reduce information and digital gap between Sabah, Sarawak and the rest of the country.

“For a country to move forward, how can we restrict the use (of parabolic discs)? In Sabah, there is a real need because of the lack of necessary infrastructure, hence the gap,” he told reporters yesterday.
He said the people have the right to receive satellite signals via parabolic discs as this would enable them to have access to information.

“The parabolic dish issue should be resolved…this is absurd – imposing a rule whereby the people can only use a parabolic dish of a certain dimension. This is creating monopoly and we should not allow that,” he said.

He added that where ICT was concerned, everyone should have equal opportunity to cyber space and that such a restriction prevented the people from moving forward.

At the same time, he also said Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister, who was here in Sabah last year, should stop talking nonsense when the deputy minister said his ministry did not prohibit the use of parabolic dishes.

“We all know that under the present law, when an individual applies for a licence to use a parabolic dish, it will not be approved and when one does not have a licence, action can be taken against him or her for using a parabolic dish. Such a situation is unacceptable,” he said.

During the interview, Yee also shared his dismay over the possibility that the state may not be able to achieve 50 per cent broadband penetration by the end of this year, saying that the present broadband penetration was 34 per cent.

Earlier, Yee attended a press conference on Texpo Asia 2012 that would be held for the first time in Sabah.

The event would act as a platform to generate ideas and help in business development among entrepreneurs in Sabah.

The organising chairman of the event Alvis Loo said Texpo would be held on November 28 and 29, and would provide skills workshop and seminars as well as business exposition.

Source: Borneo Post


  1. The main advantage of a parabolic antenna is that it has high directivity. I

  2. It functions similarly to a searchlight or flashlight reflector to direct the radio waves in a narrow beam, or receive radio waves from one particular direction only.


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