KOTA KINABALU (September 11): Sixty percent of nearly 100,000 applications received for the first phase of the PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family Student Device) program were approved in the initial screening and the devices will be distributed this month, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
He said the ministry was trying to complete the rollout of the devices under phase one by this month, before starting the phase two rollout next month and completing it in November.
“Almost 400,000 units will be distributed this year, if we need more than that the government will have to decide on further allocation and purchase, but let’s be content with what we have now.
“We hope to complete the distribution of phases one and two in 90 days, and this will involve the cooperation of several parties to reduce red tape and speed up the deployment, so that students have the devices immediately,” he said. he told reporters here. Sunday.
He said this after a ceremony handing over the devices to 493 students from Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic in Sepanggar, which was also attended by Sabah’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Yakub Khan.
Annuar said the deployment of the devices needs to be expedited and a distribution schedule has been prepared to coordinate with vendors, especially in Sabah and Sarawak due to logistical challenges in inland areas.
On September 3, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob launched the PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia initiative to provide branded tablets to needy B40 students.
The Samsung tablet model was chosen for the program after the company won the tender to supply the devices for Sabah and Sarawak, North, Central, East and South areas.
Annuar said the remaining 40% of applications under the first phase, including appeals, were being reviewed to ensure only eligible people received the aid.
He said that for the selection process of the appeals, the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the respective educational institutions and school administrators were responsible for reviewing the appeals before the ministry approves the application.
“If the SRC and administrators meet with eligible students but their application is rejected for various reasons, we will allow wiggle room, our goal is to give it to as many eligible students as possible.
“Many have applied but if they are not eligible we are unable to give to them as we have been tasked to assist B40 families with family income of RM5,000 and below,” he said. declared. – Bernama