KUCHING: The Malaysia ICT Volunteer (MIV) pilot project is create to improve the living standards of rural community and enhance business opportunity through usage of information and communication technology (ICT).
Organised by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the ICT volunteer programme recruits volunteers from various backgrounds to undergo training before being dispatched to various 1Malaysia Internet centres in Sarawak to teach, guide and empower the local communities to improve their digital literacy and use the Internet wisely.
The pilot project’s areas of focus are Community, Higher Learning Institute, Schools and International ICT Volunteer.
Nine 1Malaysia Internet centres were selected from 124 outlets in the state for the pilot project. They are Samarahan, Lundu, Simunjan, Betong, Kanowit, Mukah, Song, Miri and Bau.
The first phase of the MIV with the community which was launched late February in Lundu, has been completed.
MCMC advocacy outreach division senior director Eneng Faridah Iskandar said one of the initiatives of MIV was for local communities to use Internet centres as business centres.
“For business owners in the project areas, we encourage them to use the facilities at the Internet centres as a medium.
“We encourage small enterprise owners to utilise the Internet to promote their products and services online.
“Our pilot project is also aimed at creating awareness among local community on how to use the Internet positively,” she said during a media briefing in Kuching.