Free mobile data not for social media, video, music streaming – MCMC

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Temuan Tribe Orang Asli student, Muhammad Jumaidi Omer Faruk, 14, is doing the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) using a mobile phone at Kampung Pangsun, Hulu Langat, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 25 JANUARY 2021
Temuan Tribe Orang Asli student, Muhammad Jumaidi Omer Faruk, 14, is doing the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) using a mobile phone at Kampung Pangsun, Hulu Langat, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 25 JANUARY 2021

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The daily free 1GB mobile data allocation is not applicable for browsing social media, video streaming, gaming and music streaming.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said that it can only be used to access video conference platform and managing home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) through email all day long.

Therefore, the MCMC advised all telecommunication service consumers, especially students, teachers and parents to use the free data allocation wisely.

“The MCMC welcomes the assistance and support of caring service providers namely Celcom, Digi, Maxis, UMobile and Telekom Malaysia (TM) in helping to make PdPR a success.

“Therefore, students, teachers and parents are advised to use the 1GB daily free data or 30GB free monthly data wisely for the purpose of home-based teaching and learning.

“The free data snice April 2020 is an additional allowance to the existing data package and can be used to access media conference platform and managing teaching materials through e-mail without time constraint,” said the MCMC in a statement.

According to the MCMC, the telecommunications industry also provided special subscription package for students who will be sitting for their Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Peperiksaan Malaysia (STPM) and students from the higher learning institutions (IPT) beginning 6 January until end of April 2021.

“The prepaid package by Celcom, Digi, Maxis, UMobile and TM offers 15GB data pass at RM20 per month.

“The users of this package can enjoy additional 1GB free data allowance each day, just like the customers of other packages,” said the MCMC.

Besides that, YTL Communication Sdn Bhd (YTL) also offered special package by giving free SIM cards with 40GB data, free content including free phones for students from the B40 families.

Therefore, the MCMC hopes that the efforts can reduce the burdens of parents, teachers and students in following the PdPR and to ensure that the education of the younger generation is given the appropriate priority.

The online schooling session or PdPR began on 20 January due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only SPM and STPM students who will be sitting for their public examinations soon need to attend physical schooling session.

The 1GB free data is among the government’s initiative and will be extended through the Malaysian Economic and Rakyat Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI) announced recently by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. –MalaysiaGazette

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