Google Malaysia denies awarding teen over translation app


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  • 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.

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