Tuesday August 31, 2010
MORE netbooks will be distributed in Sarawak before the end of the year by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) under the National Broadband Initiative (NBI).
State regional director Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin said some 14,500 netbooks had already been given out in 29 areas in the first phase of distribution.
“In the first phase, we focused on areas where we have set up community broadband centres, with 500 netbooks for each area,” he told reporters after a netbook presentation ceremony at SMK Asajaya, about 70km from Kuching, yesterday.
He said a second phase of distribution would be implemented as part of efforts to increase the broadband penetration rate in the country.Under the NBI announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in March, a total of one million netbooks will be distributed to underprivileged students nationwide to enable them to access the Internet.
Valuable tool: Abdul Karim (left) presenting netbooks to students of SMK Asajaya in
Kuching while MCMC state regional director Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin (right) looks
Chief political secretary to the Chief Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who presented the netbooks to 250 students of SMK Asajaya, said the scheme was a good way to reduce the communication gap between the students and the wider world.
“The netbooks will provide a new way for students to obtain information. They will be able to learn not only in school and the library but also access the Internet for information,” he said.