Government to link rural folk to digital age


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Aug 2005

PETALING JAYA: The Government hopes to have every Malaysian conversant with digital technology to prevent a digital divide from occurring.  

NEW SERVICE: (From left) eSpherical.com CEO Keith Steward and Fernandes with AirAsia stewardesses at the official launch in Petaling Jaya Tuesday.

“We want to ensure that those living in rural areas have as much access to digital products and services as urban people,” said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.  

He said that the Government was receptive towards innovations, especially those relating to mobile phones and wireless technology.  

Mobile phone penetration in Malaysia, he added, had reached 16 million users, a step in the right direction for mobile phone related products to be developed.  

“We need to challenge current thinking, technology and the common way of doing things,” he said during the launch of AirAsia's mobile.airasia. com booking service here yesterday. 

The service enables mobile phone and PDA users with any GPRS, 3G or wireless facilities to book and pay for flights.  

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the idea for booking via mobile phones was prompted by the high growth rate of mobile phone users in the country.  

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