Annual to Students: Don’t Abuse, Sell PerantiSiswa Tablets

Shah Alam: Minister of Communications and Multimedia Tan Sri Annual Musa (Photo) cautioned PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia recipients not to misuse or sell the tablets they receive.

He said students who receive free gadgets should be responsible and take good care of them.

“While these gadgets are provided as a one-off, we strongly expect that all who receive them should take proper care of them,” said PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia at University of Technology Mala (UiTM) Shah. He said at a press conference after attending the launch of Alam launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yacoub on Saturday (September 3).

The prime minister had previously announced at launch that the device would not have to be returned when recipients finished their studies. I had set the device to have to be returned when finished.

Annuar also says all devices have a two-year warranty, and students can get a repair or a new device if there is any damage during that period.

He said his ministry has complete data on device recipients to prevent them from submitting a second application in the future.

“If you get your device on Form 6 and go to a college that’s included in this program, you don’t have to apply again,” he said.

Annuar added that Phase 1 of the rollout will be coordinated with all higher education institutions in the country, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, to ensure all successful applicants can benefit from the program as soon as possible.

Annuar said unsuccessful online applications will be referred to the Student Representative Council to obtain confirmation on the applicant’s family income level before approval.

He added that the distribution of the devices will be gradual, but will be available in the second half of this year, as freshmen with university offers will be able to benefit from the program and suppliers will be able to meet. Allocation has been provided for the 400,000 vehicles requested by the government this year.

Annuar said the government has implemented some cost-cutting measures through an open bidding system, so students on Form 6 and those who want to enroll can also benefit from the program, Mr Annuar said.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad expressed hope that the program would be expanded to benefit all 1.6 million students in over 600 higher education institutions across the country.

She said her ministry will need devices and internet access in the long term as part of the focus of the National Higher Education Digitalization Plan. – Bernama


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