Thursday November 25, 2010
Netbook price capped at RM1,000
THE price of netbooks under the 1Malaysia Netbooks Computer Initiative has been capped at RM1,000 each.
Information, Communications and Arts Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the sum was not only for the computers, but also for the software and six months’ broadband subscription.
“The 1Malaysia computer programme was allocated RM1bil under the Universal Service Provider (USP) fund to supply one million computers to those deserving, as announced by the Prime Minister on March 24,” he said in a written reply to Wee Choo Keong (Ind-Wangsa Maju).
Dr Rais also said that as at Nov 3, RM11.05mil had been disbursed to the USP license holder under the first phase of the programme.
“As at Nov 2, the USP fund had RM4.53bil in cash reserves,” he added.
On another matter, Jeff Ooi (DAP-Jelutong) asked the Transport Ministry to consider building a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Penang as the current airport is utilised to the maximum during peak periods.
He added passenger traffic at the Penang airport had jumped by 30.5% in the first nine months this year, while cargo traffic had increased by 11.2%.