Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that PerantiSiswa recipients will not have to return the electronic devices they have received after they graduate.
The prime minister said the decision was made after an engagement session between the Communications and Multimedia Minister and Student Representative Councils on 15 August.
“I am pleased to announce that the Government has agreed to give the devices to all PerantiSiswa recipients for free,” Ismail said at a speech launching the initiative at Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor UiTM on Saturday (3 September).
“I hope that the students will work harder with the initiative announced by the government.”
This initiative initially required the recipients to return their devices after finishing their studies.
In August, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said all recipients will be given Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
“We have engaged with the students during the process of selecting the devices. The procurement of the devices was also made using an open tender method,” he added.
Annuar also mentioned that the distribution of the tablets will be expanded to 4 more categories, including those in Education Ministry matriculation programmes, foundation courses at public universities, Form Six students in the first and second semesters, and Vocational Colleges diploma students.
It is also expected that the PerantiSiswa package will benefit over 400,000 students from B40 families.
A total of RM450mil had been allocated in Budget 2021 under the PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia to provide higher education students from the B40 group with tablets.
The application for these tablets will be open until the end of this month. Visit the Communications and Multimedia ministry’s website here to apply for it.