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PEMIKIR provides free internet access to residents in Balik Pulau

— Students, especially those who will be sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination and Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (Form Three Assessment) or PT3 here can now breathe a sigh of relief as Pertubuhan Badan Pemikir Melayu (PEMIKIR) has launched an initiative to provide free internet access and gadgets for public use.

SPM candidate Tengku Nur Alia Tengku Anwar, 17, said she had been experiencing unstable internet connection since the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) method was implemented.

“I don’t have access to home WiFi so I have to rely on data from my mobile phone during PdPR sessions. Sometimes the internet is slow and I experience lost internet connection which has caused me to miss classes,” she told reporters when met at a senior citizen activity centre (PAWE) here today.

Tengku Nur Alia said she is now able to follow PdPR sessions and complete all the assignments given by teachers smoothly, with the help of gadgets and fast internet access provided by PEMIKIR

She also expressed her gratitude to PEMIKIR for providing a comfortable space that is equipped with chairs, tables and fans for the use of the people there.

PEMIKIR chairman Datuk Muhammad Farid Saad said the initiative was introduced following concerns over the limited internet access issues and lack of devices voiced by parents in the area which can disrupt their children’s learning process.

“So far, we have managed to provide nine tablets and free WiFi facilities with a speed of 300mbps for the use of all residents in Balik Pulau. I’m targeting to provide 50 tablets. We have also ordered 16 more tablets for this initiative.

“This place is open to everyone, not limited to students. If residents have their own gadget, they can also come here to get the internet access,” he said.

Muhammad Farid said during the day, PEMIKIR would work together with the PAWE to monitor and assist those using the facilities provided and at night, parents are advised to accompany their children.

He said residents can enjoy internet connection within a 50-meter radius from the source, adding that PEMIKIR plans to develop internet centers in several other locations around Balik Pulau as network in more than 10 villages there was found to be unsatisfactory.

Muhammad Farid said donations from any party are welcomed to enable PEMIKIR to continue its effort in providing gadgets and internet access to more residents.

Meanwhile, he urged the government to monitor the prices of gadgets in the market to prevent unscrupulous sellers from taking advantage of the current situation.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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