Kelantan offers white-listed Internet service

KOTA BARU: Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat launched “Internet Thoyyibah,” which provides access to “approved” websites only.

The service, a joint effort by the state government and Jaring Communications, prevents access to “black-listed” sites and will only allow access to “white-listed” webpages.

“It will allow parents and heads of departments to monitor Internet access and ensure healthy online practices among children and government employees,” said Jaring chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah,

Nik Abdul Aziz, when launching the service at the Balai Islam here yesterday, said he hoped the service would bridge the “digital divide” among the people in the state. The divide refers to technology haves and have-nots.

He said about 10% of the 1.5 million population in Kelantan are Internet users, which is the lowest among other states.

“With Internet Thoyyibah, the digital divide between Kelantan and other states can be reduced,” he said. — Bernama

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