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Putrajaya introduces affordable internet packages for students, low-income families

This is part of the government's push to provide better internet access at affordable prices.

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Putrajaya today announced two new packages to help students and those in the lower-income bracket gain affordable access to the internet and smart devices.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa said the first of these, Pakej Remaja Keluarga Malaysia, would provide pre-paid packages for as low as RM10 per month for adolescents and students, including those pursuing their postgraduate studies.

“At RM10 per month, they will get 20GB of data for three months,” he said, adding that another 1GB of free data, capped at 90GB, would be given for daily activities as well as limitless basic internet access.

Meanwhile the second package, Pakej Peranti Keluarga Malaysia, is aimed at allowing Malaysians to own or upgrade mobile devices and VoLTE for free.

Subscriptions under this package will be available for as low as RM40 per month through contracts ranging from 12 to 24 months, depending on the device and service.

Annuar said all eligible users would be able to register for both packages with registration to run for six months from Oct 15 to April 15 next year.

Annuar said the first package was aimed at helping teenagers and students who would no longer have to top up their credit each month.

“Teenagers and students under 21 only need to register with their MyKads while those over 21 need to register with their student cards,” he said.

The second package meanwhile is aimed at helping families benefit from the ownership of 4G mobile devices and VoLTE.

“The government is responsible for ensuring that every person can access the internet at appropriate cost,” Annuar said.

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