Putrajaya has officiated the launch of the RM 3.5 Billion Jaringan Prihatin (Network) Programme under the National Digital Networking Plan (Jendela).
Under Programme, individuals are eligible for a rebate of up to RM300 for the device package and up to RM180 monthly of data plan rebate for 12 months..
The programme is set to benefit over eight million individuals from the B40 group.
This initiative is part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Ministry of Finance and telco providers to bridge the digital divide gap as well as steering Malaysia towards greater internet access and digitalisation aspect in every household.
Minister of Finance, Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz during the virtual launch said, “The Jaringan Prihatin Programme is a commitment to ensure wider digitalisation efforts are reached through our partnership with 12 telcos in Malaysia.”
The government will be spending RM2 billion from the allocated RM3.5 billion while the 12 telcos will come together to provide the additional contributions of RM1.5 billion.
The 12 telcos are Celcom, Digi, Maxis, Mcalls, redONE, speakOUT, Tune Talk, U Mobile , unifi Mobile, XOX Mobile, YES and Yoodo.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, “As the virtual activities remain mainstream, fast internet access and devices must be in everyone’s possession.”
“One of the proactive measures by the Government is to provide internet facilities, and at the same time, reduce the financial burden of the people to get the facility,” he added.
Those who wish to utilise the package may check their eligibility with their telco providers and submit their applications accordingly.