Donated smartphones given to students good enough for online learning, says Perak MB

IPOH: The smartphones given out by the state are good enough for online learning, says Datuk Saarani Mohamad (pic).

The Perak Mentri Besar said state executive council members have been briefed, adding that the state exco for education also checked the gadgets to assure that these were suitable for use for online learning.

"The phones have 1GB RAM and 8GB memory. It also comes with a 12-month data plan and can be used for learning. Many students are using these now," he told a press conference held via Zoom on Wednesday (June 16).

Saarani said 100,000 units of smartphones were donated by YTL Foundation and have been distributed to students nationwide, with 20,000 units given out to students from B40 families in Perak.

"I am thankful to YTL Foundation and the state welcomes more companies who want to collaborate or make a contribution to us to help the needy," he added.

When asked if the phones were not suitable for use due to its low specifications, Saarani said it was "better than not having any at all".

"If not for YTL Foundation, thousands of students would not have a gadget to use," he added.

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