The Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture
will provide free internet for the first 30 minutes every day to urban and rural households with monthly incomes below RM3000 (USD 968).
The service will also be extended to households who quality for 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M
), a one-off cash payment initiative for low-income households. The database of BR1M recipients will be used as a starting point to identify qualifying households.
About five million people are expected to benefit from this service.
“People can use the first 30 minutes of internet for free for all their personal, family or business interests”, said Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Information, Communications and Culture Minister.
The Minister stated that the programme would be launched in April. The ministry will involve Internet service providers, and work with the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC
) to mobilize the programme.
The ministry will determine by next week if subscribers of broadband, high-speed broadband, and fiber optic Internet services will be included. Kampung Kerinchi
in Kuala Lumpur is expected to be the first location for the implementation of the programme.