Compaq assists rural community towards deriving benefits from IT
KUALA LUMPUR,4 July 2000 (MaxisNet) - Compaq Computer Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd has formed a strategic partnership with YBKP Holdings Sdn Bhd to assist in the state of Pahang's Information Technology development plans.
This partnership, which was formalised in a signing ceremony on Friday, entails Compaq making available to YBKP Holdings hardware, software, services and manpower, and to bridge the widening gap between the "haves and have-nots" in IT.
According to YBKP Holdings' executive director, Datuk Dr. Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Ali, the main goal of the collaboration is to assist the masyarakat Desa or rural community which are mainly Felda and Felcra settlers, aborigines, other small holdings and the traditional kampung people towards deriving benefits from IT."
The recipients of Compaq's contribution are the underprivileged students at YBKP Holdings' training institute at Bukit Setongkol Kuantan, Pahang. Currently there are more than 100 students in the training institute, Mohamed informed.
Training for these underprivileged students has already begun with the first batch of students scheduled to receive their certificates and diplomas in IT in the next few years.
With plans to set-up more training institutes in the other districts in Pahang and the other east coast states, Mohamed said there will be more rural people who will be equipped with IT knowledge.