MIRI (Bernama) – Patrick Libau, the operator of homestay longhouse near Niah Caves National Park, wants the Communication and Multimedia Ministry to further improve Internet coverage in the area to boost tourists arrival this year.
Libau said presently cecullar coverage in the longhouse areas there had vastly improved after Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek personally promised a better telecommunications system when he and top officials from the ministry visited the longhouse on Sept 16 last year.
“We appreciate the efforts by the ministry, now we do not have any problem receiving and making calls through our handphones,” he told Bernama.
Libau however said Internet connection needed further improvement as it depended largely on Wi-Fi service covering limited areas in the longhouse since the connection started beaming in Nov 2014.
“The Wi-Fi signal very weak when inside the longhouse but strong outside and cannot be accessed at night,” he said, adding that the connection was only available from 8.30am to 5pm daily.
The Niah caves became one of the most important archaeological sites in the world after the discovery of the oldest modern human remains in Southeast Asia there.
The cave network also provides a lucrative income for some as its provides rich bird-nest pickings.