NFCP Pilot Project Lures Young Felda Generations Back

08 Jan 2019, BERNAMA

JASIN, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- The implementation of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) pilot project at Felda Tun Ghafar Kemendor here is seen as capable of luring the young generations of Felda back home to the second oldest land scheme in the country.

A young generation of Felda, Nur Razzikin Hassan, 33, said she was also proud with the change taking place at the scheme which had numerous races and hoped that more young generations would continue to stay and be involved in new economic activities in their own place with the implementation of the project.

‘’For example, most Felda youths migrate to towns to seek jobs and were forced to leave their parents. With the availability of high speed internet facility after this, they can generate their own income from home,’’ she told Bernama at the launching of the NSCP Pilot Project here today.

The event which was launched by Telecommunications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, was also attended by State Communications, Multimedia, Youth Development and Sports Committee chairman Kerk Chee Yee; Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie; Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman (MCMC) Al-Ishsal Ishak and Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang.

Nur Razzikin, a civil servant and mother of three children, said the project proved that the Pakatan Harapan government was very committed in championing the welfare of the settlers and rural communities by ensuring that the development in the area also underwent a transformation in line with the urban areas.

The NFCP project, which combines the use of optical fibre and wireless connectivity, targets the achievement of 98 per cent baseline coverage in inhabited areas by 2023 with a minimum bandwidth of 30 Mbps.

The key role of achieving the plan has been entrusted to the Communications and Multimedia Ministry led by Gobind who wants to see Internet connectivity in Malaysia enjoyed by everyone anywhere and at any time.

The NFCP pilot project is being implemented by TNB in three areas of Jasin, namely Felda Tun Ghafar Kemendor, Taman Merbau and Taman Maju.

Meanwhile, an ex-soldier, Shahimi Othman, 62, said the implementation of the NFCP pioneer project could narrow the digital divide between the town and rural residents to simultaneously turn Felda Tun Ghafar Kemendor into an example to other Felda schemes.

‘’Currently, the internet facility is already available, but quite limited and slow prompting the young generations to leave Felda and seek better opportunities because they not only want fast internet but also at a low cost,’’ said the son of a settler.

For another offspring of a Felda settler, Khatijah Mat Yassin, 58, the initiative to be implemented by the government would benefit her youngest child who was currently studying at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perlis.

‘’I feel relieved because this project can help facilitate the surfing of the internet by my daughter when at home on holiday whereby she needs an optimum internet access to carry out her homework or revising her lessons.

‘’In addition, the young generations especially school students can also make beneficial use of the broadband facilities including prompt and unlimited information search without having to go to the library, to simultaneously save on time and transportation costs,’’ she said.