RM1b to set up Internet system

The Borneo Post - Monday 16 July 2002

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Online and telecommunication service to benefit 220 rural schools in Sarawak and Sabah.

SUNGAI PETANI: The Energy, Communications and Multimedia Miistry has allocated RM1 billion under the Eighth Malaysia Plan for the installation of the Internet and telecommunication system in rural schools nationwide. It secretary-general, Datuk Dr Halim Shafie, said yesterday contracts worth RM50 million had been awarded to Telekom Malaysia Berhad (STMB) this year to install the Internet service in 110 schools in Sabah and a similar number in Sarawak.

Most of these schools were in the remote areas, he told a news conference after the launch of the ESmart Learning project at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kuala Ketil (SMKKK), near here, by Kedah Education and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Prof Dr Othman Ishak. The focus was to narrow the glaring digital divide between Sabah and Sarawak and the peninsula, he said.

He said the project would also cover the provision of power supply using solar powered technology. Speaking at the function, Halim said the e-Smart Learning project was developed to raise awareness of the rural students of the importance of information technology. The ministry, in collaboration with the Mulitmedia Development Corporation (MDC) and other private companies had spent RM300,000 supply the equipment including ;71 computers and five printers and upgrade the electrical wiring in the school, he said. SMKKK is the fourth school to have e-Smart Learning facilities, the others being SRK and SMK Dengkil and Sultan Abdul College in Alk)r Setar. - Bernama