KOTA MARUDU, Sept 23 (Bernama) — The use of information and communication technology (ICT) is crucial for acquiring knowledge and accessing government services and commerce for people at all levels, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
He said there should be efforts to ensure that rural people were not left behind and must be assisted as much as possible to gain ICT access.
“The utilisation of ICT in all sectors to ease daily operations, administration, transactions, commerce and for acquiring knowledge must involve the rural people,” he said after handing over iDOLA 1Malaysia netbooks to 2,250 eligible rural students from nine secondary schools, here.
He said the distribution of the netbooks under the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s 1Malaysia Netbook Distribution Programme, was part of efforts to to increase the country’s broadband penetration rate.
Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu member of parliament, said since the programme began last year, 10,000 netbooks had been distributed to the target groups in Sabah during the first phase, and the current second phase would see 49,800 Sabah students benefiting from it, he said.
As a further step to ensure the use of ICT could be maximised by the schools, he announced that he would provide a wireless printer for each of the nine schools.
He also that the capacity of the Wi-Fi system at his MP Office and the InfoSTI@MOSTI Centre in Kota Marudu town would be increased to allow the public, particularly students, to access the Internet using their iDOLA 1Malaysia netbooks.