Providing access to ICT

A RPS Legap villager trying out the new computer with Ahmad Faizal (seated, right) during the launch of the Samsung Smart Community Centre in Sungai Siput.

A SAMSUNG Smart Community Centre has been set up at RPS Legap in Sungai Siput, Kuala Kangsar.

Equipped with a 65-inch UHD Smart television set, LED monitors, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner and air conditioners, the centre is meant to provide a comfortable and productive learning environment for the orang asli community there.

Several Samsung tablets, pre-installed with education apps provided by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), were also made available to allow children to learn in fun and engaging ways.

The centre is expected to benefit some 4,700 people in the community.

A collaboration between Samsung, Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (Jakoa), UKM and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), the centre provided access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Samsung Malaysia Electronics president Kim Yoonsoo said they were always looking for ways to help those in need.

“As the world is becoming more technologically advanced, digital platforms have become vital for enhanced learning experiences,” he said.

“Connecting with communities is always at the heart of Samsung and that is why we are constantly looking for ways to help those in need.

“Through this Smart Community Centre, we believe that residents of this community have been given a gateway to bridge the gap between them and the mainstream society.”

Present at the launch was Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who thanked those involved in making a difference in the lives of the orang asli.

“Thanks to this initiative, the residents of RPS Legap will receive digital education, which will drive their ambition and inspire them to achieve more.

“Let us continue to support the national agenda in using ICT towards achieving a knowledge-based nation and do our part for our community towards a better Malaysia,” he said.

Jakoa deputy director-general Saiful Zahlan Muhamad said the community was privileged to share a centre that was infused with collaborations between technology and education.

“We have worked tirelessly over the years to provide better opportunities to the orang asli in terms of education and employment.Everyone is able to achieve truly great things in life, but only if given the right platform,” he said.

“There is more to be done, but we are proud of what has been done here together with Samsung for the people of RPS Legap,” he added.

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