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Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by edmund ngo
IPOH: Computer dealers from six state associations will meet here next Friday to discuss the impact of the Government’s plan to give a free laptop computer to every student in the country.
“We understand the Government’s good intention but if the laptops are distributed in big numbers without verifying whether the recipient is from a poor family or not, then it will impact us greatly as computer dealers,” said Perak Computer and Digital Association chairman Kevin Chang.
“Other important issues are the specifications of the laptop; whether it will be sufficient for the student’s needs,” he said.
In April, the Barisan Nasional Government announced that it would provide every student with a laptop computers next year if the coalition was returned to power in the general election.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said then that this with Barisan’s commitment to enhance the use of information technology as a medium to impart knowledge.
However, Chang noted that some students already owned high-end laptop computers.
“If the Government gives free laptops to them, they may end up selling them,” he said in his speech during the opening ceremony of the Perak IT Fair yesterday.
Chang said the 1Malaysia Netbook Scheme itself had already affected the livelihood of computer dealers, whose sales of netbooks had been affected.
“This is why committee members from computer dealer associations in Perak, Sarawak, Penang, Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan will convene and try to request a meeting with Muhyiddin to voice our views,” he said.
Chang said a win-win solution was for the Government to give out vouchers of RM300 to RM500, which could be used at dealers throughout the country.
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