KUALA PERLIS: The Keluarga Malaysia Digital Economic Centres (PEDi) are more than just Internet centres as these can bring greater benefits to Malaysians and the country, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).
He said the centres would be a national network that would boost the increase in application use and broadband availability in an area and train the public to become digital content creators.
“If we focused on connectivity previously, we’re now shifting towards the use of facilities to create content that will benefit Malaysians and our country,” he told reporters after presenting appointment letters to PEDi chairmen in the state.
During his speech, he expressed hope that the centres would be catalysts and get Malaysians involved in the digital economy, including those who have just begun and youth in rural areas.
Bernama reported that he said the government previously agreed to approve RM200mil in allocations to add 167 more centres throughout the country, and tenders for the construction of the centres were underway.
“The country needs to stress on applications so that citizens can use broadband services in matters that can generate income, change their lifestyles and help them create useful digital content,” he said.
He hoped that the appointed chairpersons would work towards providing training at all levels until citizens could create digital content that could benefit the public.
“Insya-Allah, in the future, the centres will have their buildings that can be hubs capable of providing Internet facilities within a one-kilometre radius,” he said.
Annuar said the matter was now being studied by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).