KUALA LUMPUR: The total of 350,000 Samsung Galaxy Tab8 LTE tablets under the Peranti Siswa Programme will be distributed to students in the B40 group in the first phase or roll out starting from end of August 2022.
Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said, an additional of 40,000-50,000 tablets could be delivered to students in the extended period until September 2022.
The Minister said, for new applicants the online system for the tablet is opened beginning today.
Annuar said, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will gave away the tablets to the students in the first roll out event in UiTM, Shah Alam and the number is in accordance to the intake of students throughout September 2022.
“The Peranti Siswa Programme among others includes 4,000 students in the Foundation Programme in the Institute of Public Higher Education (IPTA) and Matriculation College, form six students, vocational students and others.
“The second roll out will start from October until November this year,” Annuar said in a press conference at the Parliament here today.
Annuar added, earlier there was a polemic stating that the Peranti Siswa Programme might not be realized but the one month delay was due to the instruction from Ministry of Finance to carry out an open tender for supplying the tablets.
He said, five companies have been selected to supply the tablets covering Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, in the north of Peninsular covering Perak, Kedah, and Pulau Pinang, while the central part includes Selangor, Federal Territory KL, Putrajaya, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor while the east includes Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Meanwhile the recipients of the Peranti Siswa Phase 1are from the B40 family with the household income of RM4,850 per month and below and those studying full time at diploma level, extended diploma and first degree in public and private universities, community colleges and polytechnic under the Ministry of Higher Education.
The data of the applicants who are qualified to receive the tablets are made based on the cross checks with the data from Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia under Ministry of Finance. Besides that it is also based on the review from the Higher Education Department of the Ministry. Apart from that, recipients had never received any tablet assistance from the government. –Malaysia World News