Slower than snail speed!

Remember Idi AMin? Younger people out there would not know who this man was. But those of us in the 50s and above would know about this person, the dictator in Uganda in the 70s, who did what a dictator in those days would do.

He fled to Saudi after an uprising , and died there in 2003.

Since those days of Idi Amin, we Malaysians have  always treated Uganda like a rogue state. Sub-Sahara Africa is supposed to be backward, and  we have always thought of Uganda as a disease-and-poverty-striken country, with children thin like skeletons and bellies big like pregnant ladies.

Now, do not look down on these countries anymore. Many of them have a broadband speed much faster than us, Yes , Malaysia — the country with the multimedia super corridor, the country that once boosted that it wanted to become a silicon valley of the East. We still wanted to become that, but we simply do not have the means to become that; just like an impotent old man, willing but not able to.

With broadband speed like snail, how are we going to compete with other countries?

What is the use of having all the modern buildings when we have a broadband speed placing of 104, according to (below). The whole list can be viewed here. Uganda is ranked 95, Rwanda (yes Rwanda) 65, Ghana 44.

Even the country which exports maids to Malaysia, the Phillipines, is ranked 93. Your  maid  when she goes back to her home country, can assess info much faster than you. How about that!

Download Speed

1 South Korea 33.91 Mb/s
2 Latvia 24.07 Mb/s
3 Republic of Moldova 21.32 Mb/s
4 Japan 20.43 Mb/s
5 Sweden 19.83 Mb/s
6 Romania 18.69 Mb/s
7 Bulgaria 17.57 Mb/s
8 Netherlands 17.34 Mb/s
9 Andorra 17.06 Mb/s
10 Lithuania 17.04 Mb/s
11 Aland Islands 15.34 Mb/s
12 Portugal 14.71 Mb/s
13 Finland 14.17 Mb/s
14 Iceland 13.61 Mb/s
15 Switzerland 13.52 Mb/s
104 Malaysia 1.94 Mb/s

If you are in AUstralia, a movie can be downloaded in the time you go to ease yourself, take a drink and come back to your computer. here, you need your computer to stay on whole night to download the same .

How to be an innovative and knowledgeable country when we cannot access information as fast as others?


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cadraver
    May 26, 2010 @ 16:41:30

    Bet you the government is going to release a statement that our Interwebs is better than Burma’s.


  2. John
    May 26, 2010 @ 16:51:39

    Doc, people in overseas are having broadband while in Malaysia we are having Brokeband, how to compare the speed ?


  3. klm
    May 26, 2010 @ 16:52:42

    Hey! We are better than Zimbabwe. 🙂


  4. CYC
    May 26, 2010 @ 17:06:54

    Why worry, we still have Bill Gates and other big guns in IAP. This reflects the confidence of the industry’s captains towards our internet development. How nice and dreamy!


  5. disgusted
    May 26, 2010 @ 17:35:12

    Yes, our cob-web is pretty good.

    Want to download, go for a movie, have supper and more, go to StarBucks have a siping drink and get home, your movie is still downloading, down with loading….!!!!

    Which country can do worse than us? We are the best….from web bottom!!


  6. LC Teh
    May 26, 2010 @ 19:08:51

    I think that’s the idea. The intention is to keep us way behind with such slow progress so the ruling elites can maintain their status quo.


  7. Kuan Yew
    May 26, 2010 @ 19:52:54

    Now download a movie sans copyright is not a good thing! Dr Hsu you seem to be promoting just that, haha. (sorry, stickler for intellectual property, effort recognition)

    To those who are interested in finding out who Adi Amin is.. I greatly recommend “the last King of Scotland”, starring Forrest Whitaker.

    The acting is just simply superb and surreal! Absolutely worth all the awards it won


  8. disgusted
    May 27, 2010 @ 00:45:25


    In Cantonese, “104” tonal language, means, “sure die.” “zat say” (what a ranking) 10-4


  9. atila
    May 27, 2010 @ 04:23:25

    soon after this govt will put in papers that malaysia is better than indonesia…sigh!!!!!


  10. Dr Hsu
    May 27, 2010 @ 09:13:29

    kuan yew,
    I mean those sites where u pay and download… 🙂

    I see some resemblance in our Semi V and idi, both ignorant and pompous, and arrogant.


  11. Dr Hsu
    May 27, 2010 @ 09:17:41

    I see internet as one of the most important infrastructure for a country wishing to be able to compete globally. With speed like our own, and taking much longer time to download and search for info, we will lose out. We are supposed to have billions of taxpayers money and petrol money, and internet communication shold be the priority apart from eradication of poverty. Alas, we built those white elephants .. Just like many new hospitals, like 5 starred hotels, but …..


  12. ZZTOP
    May 27, 2010 @ 11:37:43

    What do one expects when we have companies run by UMNO/BN politicians and their cronies. There are practically no competitions. All they care are their big pockets are full at the end of the day.
    Also those so called technical experts running those companies are really qualified and capable???
    This is Bolehland


  13. CL
    May 27, 2010 @ 15:37:19


    You just raise this topic at the right time. On 24/05/10 i couldn’t connect via Maxis Broadband at 8pm, 10pm & 11:30pm. I just couldn’t hold my anger & broke the USB/Modem into pieces.

    I don’t mind if it is slow (used to it anyway) or repeating disconnection but i just can’t stand the failed connection attempt again & again. My mobile phone had full bar (Maxis) for connectivity & i just logged in via office cable at 6:30pm (nothing wrong with my laptop) & what really piss me off is I’m a PAYING CUSTOMER.

    This happen because Mahathir had licensed people like Ananda & Vincent to rob us broad daylight on Vision 2020 or whatever MSC excuses ticket. Bringing the country communication on par with developed country was never their agenda but merely marketing gimmick.

    I so pity with Malaysia, such a wasted country govern by pirates, robbers & cheater.

    Thank you.



  14. Dr Hsu
    May 27, 2010 @ 16:38:04

    One of the most frustrating things is not be able to connect to internet when you need it most.

    A few months ago, my home internet connections became very slow. I called up the service provider and told them that the speedometer check shows i was not getting even one eight of what i was supposed to get. The fellow who took my call told me that it was because in my areas, too many people went on lines at night, and because of that, the speed became very slow. He said he would move my line to another pocket so that the speed can be faster.

    Well, if there are too many customers at that area, why can’t they make available more bytes to that place?I suspecet not too many people check their lines with speedometer and ping, and hence they just make do with it and reap off huge profits.

    The cost of broadband is too expensive compared with overseas, if you use the standard of living as the benchmark.

    Monopoly begets inefficiency, and they should end the system of monopoly..But that is why the money for the decision makers come from.. as Dr M said famously, it is all about money in politics…


  15. disgusted
    May 27, 2010 @ 17:04:01

    It has been pretty bad this two weeks, and despite with all the MSC and promises, the downloading sucks!

    It’s humiliating and those idiots running these infrastructures just don’t know what shame is.

    Who is the stupid minister in charge of this?


  16. aca
    May 28, 2010 @ 11:36:41

    come on Doc, we are still better than Zimbabwee.

    or doc, the studies and rankings are meaningless. The criteria used in the studies are not reflective of the unique position of this country. Ask our Dons from our presitgious Universities.


  17. disgusted
    May 28, 2010 @ 14:50:31

    Why everytime we rot, we have to compare with the worse country, why can’t we be better than the best?

    I guess this is the typical mentality of the ruling powers. When we fail, or don’t want to perform the best, we have a 1,000 reasons for not doing so.

    Yes, I have written only this year, I dreamt a nightmare and it is happening, escalating living costs hitting the ceiling. And with a limbo consumer ministry, the enforcement stick against profiteering is just as impotent. Vigra, anyone?


  18. Meng
    May 29, 2010 @ 09:42:35

    Doc not a surprise and not their priority. The faster info is obtained more shit will be spilled.


    May 29, 2010 @ 09:52:15



  20. stevent
    May 29, 2010 @ 16:07:21

    Haha if anyone read the NST yesterday, our minister is already comparing us to Zimbabwe. How times have changed!


  21. aca
    May 29, 2010 @ 16:54:24

    oops, its for the good of the people.

    too fast broadband, too many guys will abuse it to download non-ideal material for their consumption. UMNO knows best.


  22. Thor
    May 30, 2010 @ 00:09:58

    Dr Hsu, What do you think are the reasons for Malaysia falling so badly behind other countries in the matter of broadband speed?


  23. aca
    May 30, 2010 @ 12:35:37


    on a more serious note, thisis just a symptom of the malice in this country. anyway, what do you expect when the country’s fate is decidedby 2,000 Class F contractors? look at the content of Msia cabinet. compared that with our southern neighbours. when you have half=past six ministers running the show, thats what you get. imagine a minister of information who doesnt even differentiate between election and erection and somehow can be given a top award in journalism, you can rest assured that the country is sitting on very shaky legs.


  24. klm
    May 31, 2010 @ 11:15:39

    People. Have you realise that all this hype of fast broadband etc is a plot of more advanced countries to sell developing countries like Malaysia more stuff.

    Malaysia do not produce any of the technology needed in broadband. It is the foreign companies, even ifthey are located in Malaysia, which make all these devices and software.

    We are being colonised economically and technologically.

    And by the way the advanced nations developing these technology include China, Korea and Taiwan.


  25. reform
    May 31, 2010 @ 16:23:30


    Not to forget DGs and DDGs sitting in numerous gov depts.

    Btw, this is my first posting. Greeting to all.


  26. frank
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 00:29:20

    In 1990, when in Laos, there was no such thing as IDD and they had to borrow from Hong Kong via Australia for overseas transmission services!

    In Hotels, they had a phone set on display, but toy! And you wanted to fax a letter, would have to swim across Mekong River to Thai border and got it done!

    Jokes aside and i am talking real…and now, Laos is 1.17Mb/s vs 0.73 Bolehland in upload speed!

    What a shame and yet that fat ass Ibrahim Ali was talking so great about the Malay greatness leadership!

    Malaysia boleh…dooms!!!!!


  27. cj
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 17:04:04

    Here in Malaysia big business has got the government by the balls. It’s about money and more money. It’s not the lack of ‘know how’ but rather the idea of maximizing profits. Therefore, the rate of broadband speed will be deliberately increased a little by little so as to squeeze the users dry. You get the idea.


  28. cilipadi
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 23:15:48


    cilipadi can make people hot ‘physically’, but

    slower than snail broadband can make people hot ‘virtually’.

    physically or virtually hot doesn’t matter, hot is still hot. That’s the intention. So keep cool while you are hot.

    physically makan cili, virtually rasa hot


  29. launcher
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 00:30:48

    Dr. Hsu,

    I am not being defensive here, but IMHO your argument is not right to begin with. Taken at face value, it is indeed we are ranked number 104. But this is not as simple as what you think it is.

    For example, why is Luxembourg ranked 31 when it has the highest earnings per capita in the world?

    Suffice to say that there are many reasons to explain why this is so.


  30. J
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 11:42:36 is not a scientific survey of Internet access speeds or availability, it can only be described as complete rubbish. Accepting this information at face value is roughly equal to a practicing physician prescribing based on a rumour.
    If you want to really inform yourself about his issue you should look at research published by Prof. Waverman or the ranking published by the ITU.


  31. Dr Hsu
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 12:24:39

    thanks J. Accordng to ITU, Malaysia is ranked 56, I supposed this is not so bad after all…at the middle rung … which is our usual position in many of the different rankings of some of the things here..


  32. J
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 22:13:14

    Would this compel you to post a correction or a follow-up on this matter? Hyperbole is fun and gets lots of traffic but I under the impression that your interests are with the truth and I do not think this post reflects the truth, it unfortunately propagates inaccurate information to your many devoted readers.


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