YTL Communications’ YES has announced plans under the government’s Jaringan Prihatin initiative to equip low-income or B40 families and individuals with free phones and data for a year.
There are two YES Prihatin plans for the B40 group — YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home Families and YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home Individuals.
With just the Jaringan Prihatin subsidy, both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content, all for one year with no deposit, contract or payments needed.
Subscribers will also receive a RM50 Shopee voucher to shop for essentials.
Both plans are now available on www.yes.my/kasiupB40 and the MyYes app.
The announcement from YES follows Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s launch of the Jaringan Prihatin programme, which offers a one-year RM300 and RM180 subsidy to registered B40 families and individuals respectively, to help them pay for devices and data.
Announcing the details of YES Prihatin, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong said: “We welcome the opportunity to partner the government to serve the underserved B40 community.
“Working with the government, we are able to multiply the impact of the Learn-From-Home free phone and data for B40 programme that we have been running with YTL Foundation since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Our aim is not just to provide short-term relief but to also create sustainable, long-term impact.”
Yeoh added that the 12-month YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home plan gave families a free smartphone — the first step to being digitally connected.
To this, a full year’s worth of free data was added to allow them to focus on learning, working and building their businesses.
“We also believe that this alone is not enough.
“By giving their children full access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content, we also ensure students continue to remain digitally connected to schools and learning.
“This is especially important as the nation once again moves to the online-based teaching and learning model, ” he said, adding that this access gave parents peace of mind knowing that their children would not be left behind.
YES has been advocating the need to help the B40 group since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started in March 2020.
It started the ball rolling with YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home programme that offered free learning content and free data to all children in national schools, with free phones for children from B40 families.
The programme was extended to all university undergraduates in July 2020, and to the 230,000 members of the National Union of the Teaching Profession in April.
YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content includes 1,271 lessons across four core subjects — Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science — all mapped against the national curriculum for Year One through Form Five.
All Learn-From-Home lessons are available on the YTL Foundation website and the FrogPlay app.
The latter also includes more than 13,000 quizzes covering all core subjects, making learning and revising easily accessible to all students with a smartphone.
Since the Learn-From-Home programme’s launch in March last year, YTL Foundation in partnership with YES and FrogAsia has distributed more than 18 million GB of free data, 450,000 free SIMs and 100,000 free phones.
For details on YES Prihatin and to apply, visit yes.my/kasiupB40 or call 018-333 3303.
The YES Prihatin phones and SIMs will be delivered free to successful applicants.