Published: Wednesday January 2, 2013 MYT 8:35:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 2, 2013 MYT 8:41:48 PM
Rais: Any smartphone for youths is now eligible for RM200 rebate
By LOSHANA K SHAGAR
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.
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.