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Ismail Sabri Announces Free Samsung Tablets For Students, Draws Praise On Social Media

Ismail Sabri Announces Free Samsung Tablets For Students, Draws Praise On Social Media

The distribution of the Keluarga Malaysia Peranti Siswa tablets has started and it comes complete with keyboard and stylus pen.

Fernando Fong

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As the election draws near, the government is starting to deliver for Malaysians like never before.

And there’s no easier way to tell people you care than with a gift.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that recipients of the Keluarga Malaysia Peranti Siswa tablets could keep their device for free.

He hopes the freebie will motivate the students to study hard and achieve excellent results.

Previously, the tablets were handed out as a ‘loan’, and students had to return the device after they had completed their studies.

However, based on the encouraging feedback during the meeting between the Minister of Communications and Multimedia and the Student Representative Council (MPP) on 15 August, there was a suggestion that it be given directly to students who get excellent results.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the decision to give the tablets for free.

Ismail Sabri announced the good news at the launching ceremony of the Malaysian Family Student Initiative at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam.

Also present were the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa; Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad; and the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development, Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Winning Hearts And Minds

The Peranti Siswa Initiative tablets are being rolled out after some waiting.

READ MORE: Annuar: Peranti Siswa Tablets To Be Handed Out Starting June

The first phase is open to Malaysian citizens in the B40 family category, which is:

  • A household income of RM4,850 and below; 
  • Are pursuing full-time studies at diploma, advanced diploma or bachelor’s degree level;
  • Have never received device assistance from any government program.

The second phase is open to students following the foundation program and matriculation in public higher education institutions (IPTA), Form 6 and vocational diploma programs.

Applications are open until 30 September.

Ismail Sabri said the government had allocated RM450 million through the 2022 Budget to implement the Malaysian Family Student Initiative.

As many as 400,000 eligible students from the B40 group are expected to benefit from it.

Ismail Sabri noted that tablets help in the learning process and are stimulating for students.

However, less privileged students sometimes need to borrow a friend’s device or go to an Internet centre in town to attend online classes or do study assignments.

Through this initiative, B40 students will receive a tablet that can be used throughout the learning process until they graduate.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on tablets making schoolwork more fun and more interactive, adding extra incentive for students especially the underprivileged.

Many hailed the handout as reflecting the popular sentiment in the rakyat.

People are also highlighting how in the past, students needed to use their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans.

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