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Apple releases iOS 6.1 update! Update now!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 2,212 views

Apple on Monday released its first major update to iOS 6.1, the latest update to its mobile operating system. The iOS 6.1 update includes a number of minor changes to the software.

Apple releases iOS 6.1 update! Update now!

Apple releases iOS 6.1 update! Update now!

The update brings LTE compatibility to 36 new iPhone carriers and 23 new iPad carriers around the world, allowing users of compatible devices : the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPads, and iPad mini, to take advantage of the faster wireless speeds.

In addition to the LTE upgrades, Apple also tweaked two of its services: iTunes Match and Siri.

Users of iOS 6 who were disappointed by the removal of the ability to download individual songs to their iOS device will be utterly delighted to find that it’s been restored as of this update.

Siri’s picked up a welcome new skill: You can now use Apple’s virtual assistant to purchase movie tickets via Fandango. That feature’s only available in the U.S., however, and requires that you have the app installed—if you don’t, Siri will prompt you to do so, much as it does with OpenTable.

Passbook gets a slight tweak as well: The introductory screen that lets you visit the App Store’s selection of Passbook-enabled software is now its own “pass,” meaning it doesn’t disappear once you add your first digital pass. That way, you can always have access to the App Store collection. (You can, however, delete the pass like any other, if you prefer.)

Apple iOS6.1 : This attractive button now lets you reset the token used to identify you to advertisers.
This attractive button now lets you reset the token used to identify you to advertisers.

There’s also a new button that lets you reset the Advertising Identifier, which you can find under “Settings -> General -> About -> Advertising”. What is the Advertising Identifier?

“iOS 6 introduces the Advertising Identifier, a non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier, that apps will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods. You can reset a device’s Advertising Identifier at any time. And, if you choose to limit ad tracking, apps are not permitted to use the Advertising Identifier to serve you targeted ads. In the future all apps will be required to use the Advertising Identifier. However, until then you may still receive targeted ads.”

Apple’s also included a variety of security fixes in version 6.1, including for WebKit, Wi-Fi, and other services. To update your device to iOS 6.1, navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update and tap Download and Install.

Source : MacWorld

Apple releases iOS 6.1 update! Update now!

Update your iOS 6.1 now!

A Celebration of Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity

Friday, January 25th, 2013 2,089 views

Celebrate Chinese New Year with GAB’s Three Iconic Brews to Usher in a Year Overflowing with Fu, Lu and Shou

In addition to an auspicious nationwide consumer promotion, this Lunar New Year will see GAB host a series of seven charity dinners to raise funds for worthy causes featuring appearances from talented local Chinese artistes

This year, there are even more reasons to raise your glass and cheer Yum Seng with family and friends as GAB (Guinness Anchor Berhad) launches their ‘Celebration of Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity’ “三星齐报喜” campaign which promises great promotions, exciting activities and auspicious events for loyal consumers to usher in the Year of the Snake. Spearheaded by Guinness Anchor Berhad’s own iconic trio of brews, Guinness, Tiger and Anchor, this nationwide promotion will reward discerning drinkers with an abundance of fortune, prosperity and longevity throughout the year and beyond.

Guinness Anchor Berhad’s Managing Director, Charles Ireland (查尔斯爱尔兰 – fourth from left), Marketing Director, Yap Swee Leng (叶瑞玲 - third from left) and Sales Director, Thum Chee Yuen (谭智远 – fifth from left) along with other members of the Guinness Anchor Berhad Management Team strike a pose with the three Fu Lu Shou deities during the campaign launch

Speaking during the launch of this auspicious campaign, Yap Swee Leng, Marketing Director of GAB shares, “The Lunar New Year has witnessed the time-honoured tradition of reunion and gathering within the local Chinese community. Not surprisingly, this is also the period when GAB’s three stars of Tiger, Guinness and Anchor shine brightest to bring good times and great memories for discerning drinkers as they usher in the Year of the Snake with family and friends alike.”

For generations, the Fu Lu Shou has been central to the Chinese community, bestowing good fortune, wealth and health whenever they are sighted together. With its loyal drinkers in mind, GAB has put together a Chinese New Year offering that will reward them with the three Chinese star deities of Fu (福), Lu (禄) and Shou (寿) whenever they pick GAB’s own three stars; Guinness, Tiger and Anchor.

This festive season, enjoy big bottles of GAB’s three iconic brews, Guinness, Tiger or Anchor to stand a chance to win one of nine solid gold Fu Lu Shou sets worth RM 10,000 each or 999 gold-plated Fu Lu Shou sets worth RM 1,000 each. You can also redeem 18 bottle liners for a Fu Lu Shou set to ensure good favour, wealth and health in the new year ahead.

Throughout the festive season, consumers can check the bottle cap liners of any big bottle of Guinness, Tiger and Anchor to see if they have won one of 9 solid gold Fu Lu Shou sets worth RM 10,000 each, 999 gold-plated Fu Lu Shou sets worth RM 1,000 each or to redeem 18 bottle liners for a Fu Lu Shou set to usher in good favour, wealth and health throughout the year ahead.

This year, GAB will also be organizing a series of charity dinners to raise funds for worthy causes such as for the refurbishment of the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association (陈氏书院) Hall as well as six other Chinese communities and villages across the country. These fundraising events will feature a Chinese dinner with Yee Sang and GAB’s iconic beers, great live entertainment and an all-round memorable time for all attendees, as well as a charity bazaar that also contributes funds towards the worthy cause of the dinners.

Swee Leng continues, “The Year of the Dragon has been a really great year for us, being the 11th consecutive year of growth for Guinness Anchor Berhad. We are truly appreciative to our loyal consumers and would like to engage with you through innovative promotions such as this one. Whether it’s the presence of the Fu Lu Shou deities in our campaign or the fundraising dinners to benefit the Chinese grassroots community in Malaysia, we at Guinness Anchor Berhad are pleased and proud to be able to reward consumers in a way that resonates with them on a personal level.”

Color Code of Cap Liners

This Chinese New Year, be sure to think of GAB’s three iconic stars and you will receive an overflow of Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity. For more information on this campaign, please visit www.gab.com.my today.

Cheers to Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity!

Please help to find missing kid William Yau Zhen Zhong 饒振忠

Monday, January 21st, 2013 3,550 views

Let’s do our part to help find six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong 饒振忠, who has been missing since Wednesday (Jan 16). Print this poster and stick it up to help with the efforts to find the boy, who was last seen at Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/6c in Putra Heights.

Please keep an eye if you saw a kid looks like William Yau Zhen Zhong 饒振忠!

Help find William Yau Zhen Zhong

I was wrong to leave my children alone, says William’s mum

I was wrong to leave my children alone, says William's mum

KUALA LUMPUR: “Please forgive me. I was wrong to leave my children alone.”

This was the tearful plea of Goh Ying Ying, the mother of six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong, who has been missing since last Wednesday night.

“I am not angry at what the public is saying and I accept that I made a mistake. I hope good people will take care of my child and send him back to me as soon as possible,” she said in between sobs at a press conference yesterday at the MCA Public Complaints and Services Department.

William’s father Yau Kok Kang, who sat next to her, looked dazed and kept silent, and was seen occasionally hugging his wife.

Goh and Yau have been flooded with phone calls and SMSes that mainly offered sympathy while others scolded them for leaving their three children, Eric, William and Cindy inside their car while they went to a Putra Heights electrical appliances store.

“One man called me on Sunday at 5am, and said he would give me back my son if I sent him naked photos of myself,” she said.

William had got out of the car to look for his parents. When the couple returned, he was already gone.

Since then, the Yau family has been tirelessly looking for him, with neighbours and friends printing thousands of flyers about the little boy.

Malaysians from all quarters are rallying around the family to help them find William.

“He’s a good, little boy,” said family friend and babysitter Alec Lee, 53, outside the Yaus’ home in Shah Alam.

“If you ask him to do anything, he will listen to you.”

“It’s really sad. They made a single mistake, and they’re paying for it.” said Yau’s neighbour, businessman K. Auaduer.

“It could have happened to anyone.”

Source : TheStar

6歲童下車尋母失蹤‧男童父母飽受折騰

吳螢螢在新聞發佈會上數度掉淚,丈夫饒國剛(左)在旁安慰。(圖:星洲日報)

(吉隆坡20日訊)離奇失蹤的6歲男童饒振忠到目前仍無音訊,有人雪中送炭懸賞巨款和在網上發佈消息以人肉搜尋男童;然而也有人趁火打劫企圖“騙財騙色",更有人落井下石大罵男童的父母。

6歲兒子失蹤5天,身心靈飽受折磨的饒氏夫婦,自手機號碼在報章及網站公開後,每天接獲數以百計的電話。
男童的母親吳螢螢(25歲)說,“我曾接到一些人的短訊,罵我們做父母很粗心、罵我們是廢材、也有人叫我們夫妻去吃糞,看電器重要過兒子!"

公眾發短訊辱罵
在新聞發佈會上數度掉淚的吳螢螢說,儘管許多公眾發短訊辱罵他們,可是她不生氣,因為他們真的是做錯了。
她和丈夫饒國剛(32歲)在新聞發佈會上承認他們一時疏忽,鑄成這次的大錯,吳螢螢更是哭求民眾原諒他們,他們祈求大家協助尋找小振忠,希望兒子平安回來。
“我們希望這幾天照顧兒子的好心人,快點把孩子還給我們,以及大家可以原諒我們疏忽把孩子留在車,希望大家在責怪我們的時候,也幫忙我們找兒子。"

稱見到振忠索款500
陌生男疑乘機敲詐

吳螢螢昨日接獲一名陌生男子的來電,聲稱在雪州沙登地區看見他兒子,對方留下車牌表示會在該處等她。
她說,她在兩三分鐘後回電瞭解情況時,對方卻開口索取500令吉,才願意幫忙。
她之後一直聯絡不到這名男子,因此也沒有趕去沙登,她懷疑對方是乘機敲詐。這也是他們首次接到這類電話。
“之前也有一名男子致電聲稱看見小振忠,叫我打回他的手機,可是當我聯絡他時,他竟要求我傳送裸照作為交換條件,當時我很生氣就掛上電話。"

每天接到數百通電話

她說,警方也說之前有外勞通報說發現小孩,可是警方過後一直聯絡不上有關外勞。
兩們夫婦每天接到數百通電話,雖然有辱罵的短訊,但大多數是送上關心的祝福,希望兒子快點回到他們身邊。
吳螢螢說,他們自孩子失蹤第二天就已複印尋人啟事,至今在親友及好心的幫忙下,已在附近地區分派或張貼數千張尋人啟事。
饒國剛說,他們兩夫妻已放下工作,專注尋找兒子下落,但願他沒有事。

不法集團利用小童失蹤誘騙?
警方:沒接獲投報

6歲男童饒振忠失蹤的事被惡搞分子利用來散播謠言,指有不法集團專門利用男童迷路的伎倆來誘騙女性,針對此事,警方特別作出澄清。
武吉阿曼警方澄清,這項謠言早在幾年前流傳,警方未接獲任何類似投報。
有關謠言是指匪徒的新手段是專向獨自步行去上班或上學的女性下手,他們利用小孩佯裝迷路,引起女性的同情而把孩子帶往某個地點後,匪徒伺機下手搶劫、綁架和強姦。因此,女性應把小孩送往警局,而不是帶他們到任何地方。
惡作劇者還在照片附上警隊徽章,並聲稱這是由武吉阿曼D9(重案組)蘇曼古瑪助理警監所發出的公開勸告。
武吉阿曼警方接獲公眾通知後,迅速在官方面子書發表聲明說,目前在社交網站廣傳的“訊息"是謠言並非真實,絕不是警隊所發出的,而是多年前的惡作劇電郵改編。
不過,警方也強調,如果碰上迷路孩童,最適當是把他們送到鄰近警局,以確保安全。

有人兩度致電
圖騙賞金

無良人士在吳螢螢以及饒國剛苦苦等待民眾提供孩子下落的消息之際趁火打劫,兩度致電吳螢螢,假藉知道小振忠下落,企圖騙取賞金。
據瞭解,吳螢螢是於今天上午11時以及3時15分左右兩度接獲有關人士的電話,而且對方索取的賞金高達8萬令吉。
梳邦再也警區主任耶哈亞助理總監今天特地到小振忠父母的家安慰兩人時,接受記者採訪時指出,一旦兒童失蹤的新聞登報後,其父母接獲這一類的電話是很正常的,社會上總有一些喜歡趁火打劫的人。
他說,警方還在調查撥打這兩通電話的不明人士是否真的知道小振忠的下落。

吳螢螢:剛上幼稚園
兒子學習能力較差

吳螢螢形容失蹤的次子小振忠,學習及記性都比較差,但為人乖巧文靜,只要給他玩積木就會乖乖坐在那裡。
她說,小振忠今年才上幼稚園兩個星期,但他只會講華語和自己的名字,以及會聽少許的客家話,英文和馬來文則不會聽也不會講。
她說,兒子在店時時常會有顧客跟他玩耍,因此兒子並不會害怕陌生人。
“兒子小時候有哮喘病,但已病癒無需再吃藥,不過,他每天睡覺時一定要抱枕頭才能睡,而且只要有冷氣空調就會睡得很好。"

第一次留車內就出事

“這是我們第一次把孩子留在車裡,沒想到就出事了。"
國剛說,他以前即使下車買香煙,也會留下妻子在車內。他沒想到,這麼短時間就不見了兒子。
“我們當天已經找遍電器店的冰箱、洗衣機,甚至是後巷的垃圾槽也找過,但一無所獲。"
說,之前他們曾叮嚀孩子不可以跟陌生人走。
(星洲日報)

Oloiya 我来也 Malaysia: Dried Meat FREE Giveaways

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 3,371 views

Oloiya 我来也 Malaysia is now having a Dried Meat Free Giveaways !!! 6000 packs of Free dried meat will be given away on 24th January 2013 from 7pm at Oloiya Outlets nationwide.

Oloiya 我来也 Malaysia: Dried Meat FREE Giveaways

Date: 24 Jan 2013

Time: 7pm

Venue: 我来也 Oloiya Dried Meat Outlets
(Mid Valley, Kajang, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Puchong, Pavillion, Petaling Jaya, Sri Petaling, Klang, Seremban, Perak, Penang, Johor, Kuantan, Sabah & Sarawak )

About 我来也 Oloiya Food Company:
The First of Many First In 1970, Mr & Mrs Khue opened their first stall in Chinatown. In those days, Pork was used to make dried meat and the couple soon realised that the sliced dried meat was not suitable for the elderly and young as it was rather difficult to chew. Mr. Khue started the first of many innovations in the dried meat industry. He created minced chicken dried meat and went on to introduce minced pork, and duck delicacies. This not only meant that it was gentler on the palettes of the young and elderly. It also meant that non-pork eating consumers could enjoy dried meat.

Visit 我来也 Oloiya to check out your nearest 我来也 Oloiya Outlets.

Oloiya 我来也 Malaysia: Dried Meat FREE Giveaways Location

Share this great news with your friends now for some CNY freebies! Enjoy! :)

More details : 我来也 oloiya FB

Have you visited the Petmos Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center yet?

Friday, January 11th, 2013 3,878 views

Have you visited the Petronas Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Tower Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center yet?

When you visiting the Sky Bridge from now till 18th January should be able to see this Petmos Interactive Wall.

When you visiting the Sky Bridge from now till 18th January should be able to see this Petmos Interactive Wall.

When you visiting the KLCC Sky Bridge from now till 18th January should be able to see this Petmos Interactive Wall.

Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

To find the place where the Petmos Interactive Wall located at KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center. It’s just one level down from Petronas Tower One and it’s just beside the gift shop.

Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

It’s an interactive wall using kinect sensor that could react according to the user action. Liquid and metal elements on the screen move according to the direction you move your arms.

When the two elements clash with each other, a short animation comes on. We see a mercury-like swirl and what emerges out of it is one of 5 things: mechanic heart, diamond grille, piston, shark, and headlights.

Kinect Sensor @ Petmos Interactive Wall @ Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

This is the kinect sensor that will get your move synced with the liquid and metal on the interactive screen! It will move according to your action!

Petmos Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

Petmos Interactive Wall @ KLCC Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge Visitor’s Center

You can swipe, punch or even kick it against the kinect sensor to get the liquid and metal move and clash them!

Saimatkong @ KLCC Petmos Interactive Wall

The point of the game is to find a partner to help push the elements on the other side of the screen to the centre. I tried it myself and it’s taking very long to get it done but it’s easier when you get the right partner! :)

It’s very interesting to see how different pairs attempted to merge the two elements together, and the different results they produced after trying to move the liquid and metal elements together!

Saimatkong @ KLCC Petmos Interactive Wall

When was the last time you played with your shadow on the wall? You should try it, this time with a wall that interacts with you!

Imagine a wall with an amazing, gorgeous display that will react to your every movement. You can even get your friends to join in the fun!

Check out this sophisticated visual presentation of science and art at:
Venue: Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge Visitor’s Center
Date: Today – 18th Jan
Operation hours: 9:00-7:00pm

Visit and try it before it’s too late! This wall will end date at 18th Jan. You can have good exercise by interactive with the interactive wall too! Get your move now! :)

Rais: Any smartphone for youths is now eligible for RM200 rebate. Government lifts smartphone cap without RM500 ceiling price!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 3,210 views

Ooh okay, so there’s no RM500 smartphone cap or ceiling price! Good! But problem now is I can’t access www.skmm.gov.my since few days back! How to get the rebate??!

Rais: Any smartphone for youths is now eligible for RM200 rebate without RM500 ceiling price!

Terms & Conditions for RM200 rebate for smartphones

1) You must be Malaysia Citizen within 21-30 years old
2) Monthly income less than RM3000
3) Your smartphone cannot be more than RM500
4) Only entitled for once rebate only
5) Must be subscribed to internet plan by Telco (Maxis, UMobile, YES YTL, Celcom, Digi & Tune Talk)

How to get the RM200 rebate for smartphones?

1) Pre-register @ http://www.skmm.gov.my
2) Print registration slip
3) Verified it at authrised reseller
4) Choose and buy smartphone below RM500 and get the RM200 rebate!

Government lifts smartphone cap

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian youths eyeing new smartphones under the Youth Communications Package scheme had more reason to cheer yesterday as the Government announced the abolition of an earlier ceiling price of RM500 per smartphone.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim made the announcement after chairing the ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting yester- day.

“The Cabinet has agreed that youths aged between 21 and 31 years old who earn less than RM3,000 a month are now eligible to enjoy the RM200 rebate on any smartphone, regardless of price, starting this month,” he said in a tweet yesterday.

The package had earlier applied only to smartphones costing up to RM500 and from a designated pool of models.

The package, which is handled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is offered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 1.5 million eligible youths.

The plan was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling Budget 2013 last September, and is meant to give youths better access to the information superhigh- way.

Seven telco companies involved in the rebate scheme are Celcom, Clixster, DiGi, Maxis, Tune Talk, U Mobile and YTL Communications.

In another statement, the MCMC explained that it was compulsory for all parties involved in the implementation of the package to ensure the products were sold at an acceptable price.

It had earlier announced that about 5,500 eligible youths had already applied for the rebate through its website www.skmm.gov.my after pre-registration opened two days ago.

Upon registration, eligible youths will be issued a registration slip, which they must then print out and take to their nearest telco service provider outlet for approval before they can purchase the smartphone of their choice.

Meanwhile, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin welcomed the move, thanking the prime minister.

“Cabinet has decided that there will be no price limit for smartphones for the rebate program. Thanks for listening, @NajibRazak,” he tweeted yesterday.

Source : TheStar

The RM500 smartphone ceiling price is abolished

PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet on Wednesday abolished the RM500 smartphone ceiling price for rebate for youths and decided that any smartphone was now eligible for a RM200 rebate.

“The Cabinet has agreed that youths aged between 21 and 31 years old who earn less than RM3,000 a month are now eligible to enjoy the RM200 rebate on any smartphone, regardless of price, starting this month,” said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Although he did not say why the change was made to the Youth Communications Package rebate scheme, it is widely believed that the announcement comes in the wake of complaints from Netizens that the ceiling price was too low.

The package, which is handled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is offered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 1.5 million eligible youths.

The package was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling Budget 2013 last September, and is meant to give youths better access to the information superhighway.

Seven telco companies involved in the rebate scheme are Celcom, Clixster, DiGi, Maxis, Tune Talk, U Mobile and YTL Communications.

In another statement, the MCMC explained that it is compulsory for all parties involved in the implementation of the package to ensure the products are sold at an acceptable price.

It had earlier announced that about 5,500 eligible youths had already applied for the rebate through its website www.skmm.gov.my after pre-registration opened Tuesday.

Source : TheStar

RM200 rebate for smartphones worth not more than RM500!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 4,518 views

RM200 rebate for smartphones start from today! Only for phones below RM500??? Hmm… Maybe can buy Nokia 3310 or Nokia 3210? :)

RM200 rebate for smartphones worth not more than RM500 this year!

RM200 rebate for smartphones worth not more than RM500 this year!

Terms & Conditions for RM200 rebate for smartphones

1) You must be Malaysia Citizen within 21-30 years old
2) Monthly income less than RM3000
3) Your smartphone cannot be more than RM500
4) Only entitled for once rebate only
5) Must be subscribed to internet plan by Telco (Maxis, UMobile, YES YTL, Celcom, Digi & Tune Talk)

MCMC has also given a list of 23 smartphones that are eligible for the RM200 rebate under the Youth Communication Package.

They are:
1.) Alcatel 993D
2.) Alcatel OneTouch Glory 2
3.) Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2
4.) The Buzz Phone
5.) HTC Wildfire
6.) Huawei Ideos X3
7.) LG Optimus L3
8.) Ninetology Black Pearl II
9.) Ninetology Palette
10.) Nokia 2730
11.) Nokia 7230
12.) Nokia Asha 305
13.) Nokia Asha 308
14.) Nokia Asha 311
15.) Nokia C2-03
16.) Nokia Lumia 610
17.) Samsung Galaxy Chat
18.) Samsung Galaxy Mini
19.) Samsung Galaxy Pocket
20.) Samsung Galaxy Y
21.) Sony Xperia Tipo
22.) ZTE Acqua
23.) ZTE V790

How to get the RM200 rebate for smartphones?

1) Pre-register @ http://www.skmm.gov.my
2) Print registration slip
3) Verified it at authrised reseller
4) Choose and buy smartphone below RM500 and get the RM200 rebate!

PETALING JAYA: The Government’s plan in giving out RM200 rebate for smartphones worth not more than RM500 next year is to convert non-smartphone users to bridge the digital divide.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi said that the rebate is not targeted at those who want to buy expensive phones.

“We really want those with the old second generation mobile phones to migrate to a basic 3G smartphone.

“These are the people who generally want to buy a smartphone, but they cannot afford one,” he said.

He added that the rebate should also serve only those who aren’t earning much, referring to the criteria that the rebate is only applicable for those earning less than RM3,000.

“If you can buy a RM2,000 smartphone, you’re not the person we want to help. If you can afford this kind of phone, would you want a RM200 rebate?” he asked.

According to the Hand Phone Users Survey 2011 published by the MCMC, 89.6% handphone users polled earn less than RM3,000. At the same time, 87.3% handphone users surveyed are still using normal phones without smartphone capabilities.

The rebate is also only allowed for Malaysians between the ages of 21 and 30.

Sharil added that at last count, there are 20 smartphone models from seven manufacturers which cost not more than RM500 in retail price, with some of them being globally renowned brands.

When checked, Samsung also offers three smartphone models priced under RM500 including the popular Samsung Galaxy Y.

With the total allocation for the rebate placed at RM300mil, serving 1.5 million youths as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the 2013 budget, Sharil expected for the entire sum to be used.

He also said that there will be mechanisms put in place to ensure that people don’t abuse the system, and those interested in the rebate should pre-register themselves on their website first at www.skmm.gov.my.

Source : TheStar

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