Google Malaysia denies awarding teen over translation app

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2015

PETALING JAYA: Google Malaysia has denied awarding any money or project to a teenager who created an app for an Internet-based messaging service that can provide instantaneous language translation. 

Fifteen-year-old Yusrim Karim, who submitted his app - Coker Chat to Google Ideas - said he received an e-mail from the think tank, claiming that his software was fantastic and offered him a chance to work on a US$36mil (RM1333.14mil) project or US$50,000 (RM184,910) cash. 

The Form Three student from Sandakan claimed he chose the cash. 

According to Google Malaysia communications and public affairs department head Zeffri Yusoff, the story was “completely incorrect”, adding that there was no such competition organised by Google Ideas. 

“I checked with Google Ideas and they did not send any e-mail to the boy. 

“I can only speculate for now. The boy might have received a spam email,” Zeffri said, when contacted by The Star Online on Thursday. 

Google Malaysia also said in a statement that the article Student wins Google Award was factually wrong.

Related stories
Sabah teen being investigated for Google claim
Student wins Google award

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Sabah , Teen , Google , false


Next In Nation

Body of senior citizen found drowned off Lukut in fishing mishap
Covid-19: Over 41 million vaccine doses given as of Wednesday (Sept 22)
Covid-19: Over half a million adolescents received at least one vaccine dose, says Khairy
Govt intensifying efforts to improve marketability of graduates, says Saravanan
Body of drowning victim in Batang Kali found
Sabah floods: 69 flood victims currently at two relief centres
Covid-19: Refer to ventilation system guides to prevent infection spread, says Health DG
Health Ministry's winding-up the expected focus in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 23)
Nepalese woman arrested after baby found dead at hostel
Covid-19 death toll almost 25,000 after 487 more fatalities reported on Wednesday (Sept 22)

Stories You'll Enjoy