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Malaysian telcos promise a tablet for eligible youths

Major telecommunications companies in Malaysia are responding positively to the recent announcement by the Malaysian government which plans to provide B40 youths studying in Institutions of Higher Learning with a tablet.

The plan, announced under the Pakej PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia, will see the government provide some 600,000 eligible youths access to the device for education and upskilling.

Major telcos like Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom), Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi), Maxis Berhad (Maxis), U Mobile Sdn Bhd (U Mobile), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YES) today released a joint statement promising they will be part of the plan by providing the tablets.

According to the joint statement, the initiative is expected to commence from the second quarter (Q2) of 2022.

Malaysian telcos have been supportive of the governments initiatives to improve connectivity among the B40 community in the past as they also provided free 30GB productivity internet per month, which comes in the form of free 1GB daily, and free WiFi access at 130 People’s Housing Projects (PPR) across the nation during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

In addition, the telco operators had also introduced affordable data plans through the Pakej Data Khas Pelajar/Learning From Home package to help students from the B40 households prepare for exams.

The telcos have also offered affordable smartphones and internet plans under several special programmes such as Jaringan PRIHATIN Programme, Pakej Peranti RM1 Prihatin Malaysia, Pakej Peranti Keluarga Malaysia, and Pakej Remaja Keluarga Malaysia.