The communications and multimedia ministry plans to formulate a bill to make it compulsory for all new housing projects to be installed with internet facility.
Its minister Gobind Singh Deo said through the proposed bill, the internet facility would be categorised as a utility, just like electricity and water supply at home.
“If it becomes a ‘basic human right’, it can be categorised as a utility… there’ll be a need for all houses to be connected with fibre optic internet,” he said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address on behalf of his ministry in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He said this in response to a suggestion by Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) to make it compulsory for developers to install broadband facility at their housing projects.
Stressing on the importance of having internet access, Gobind said he hoped the proposed bill would get the full support from the house when tabled.
Putrajaya wants new homes to be equipped with internet facility