Company donates laptops to poor students


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 03 Aug 2020

Chow (left) being briefed during a digital manufacturing lab tour at Plexus Riverside in Bayan Lepas. — Photo: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

PLEXUS Manufacturing Sdn Bhd has given out 20 new laptops to needy students in Penang under the state government’s E-Learning Computer Programme.

Plexus APAC president Datuk Lim Yong Jin said the Covid-19 pandemic reminded people of the inequality that existed in education, particularly in schools.

“Remote education is becoming essential in sustaining social distancing.

“It starts with having a good and reliable laptop, which may be out of reach for some students.

“We applaud the effort of this task force and are happy to be able to contribute to help tackle the challenges of e-learning for these future leaders, ” he said in his speech during the laptop donation presentation ceremony at Plexus Riverside in Bayan Lepas, Penang on Thursday.

To date, the state government has shortlisted 346 eligible students and among them, 222 students have received new and refurbished laptops as well as desktop computers.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in his speech, said one lesson learnt from the unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic is to always be prepared for unexpected situations.

“As a state that has always prioritised human capital growth, we have set up the ‘E-Learning Computer Programme’ task force dedicated to developing the education sector in the new normal.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and as Penang progresses into the fourth industrial revolution, we are expecting a surge in our needs for good talents in science and technology.

“Together with the strong support from the private sector, we will be able to successfully develop the education sector and continue to guide and nurture our young talents, ” he said.

Also present were state family development and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng and state domestic and international trade, consumer affairs and entrepreneur development committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain.

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