MCMC to start second phase of ICT volunteer programme in August
By Jude Toyat
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has completed the first phase of their pilot project Malaysia ICT Volunteer (MIV) programme – MIV with Community project – in several rural areas in the state, with the second phase due to be executed in August this year.
The MIV with Community project is an ICT volunteer programme focusing on increasing digital literacy among the rural communities. Currently, the MCMC appointed a total of 40 MIV volunteers from 117 applications received.
“The volunteers were placed at nine 1Malaysia Internet Centres (PI1M) throughout the state to help people, especially those in the rural areas, to learn and to intensify the use of information and communication technology (ICT) especially in the development of society,” said MCMC senior director of advocacy and outreach division Eneng Faridah Iskandar after the ‘Media Briefing on Malaysia ICT Volunteer’ held at Hilton Hotel Kuching on June 24.
Volunteers share, impart knowledge and promote the positive use of ICT among the community in the hope of supporting the nation’s move towards a smart, digital nation described by six key elements including smart people, governance, living, economy, mobility and environment.
“Therefore, it is important to train these volunteers so that they can provide knowledge and also train the local communities to utilise ICT for beneficial purposes,” she said, adding that the first phase of MIV with Community was officially launched in Kampung Pandan in Lundu last February.
Sarawak is the only state where the pilot project is being implemented so far.
Currently there are nine PI1M in the state that have been selected for the pilot phase, which include PI1M Song, PI1M Dalat in Mukah, PI1M Kampung Pinang in Samarahan, PI1M Kampung Serasot in Bau, PI1M Nanga Tada in Kanowit, PI1M Niah-Suai, PI1M Kampung Pandan in Lundu, PI1M Simunjan and PI1M Beladin in Betong.
“For the pilot phase of the MIV with Community, the goal was to get the communities to focus on the promotion of community products and services, particularly in helping them to create a business platform namely online promotion for their products to be marketed at a wider scale,” said MCMC director, Community Engagement Department, Advocacy Outreach Division Hashimah Hashim.
“As strategic partners at PI1M, the volunteers are recognised as the ‘nucleus of change’ as they engage, impart knowledge and train the communities to embrace ICT, apply and practice it locally for their own needs, products and services,” she said.
The MIV with Community programme will enter its second phase in August, as the volunteers will assist to enhance and widen the market reach of the various businesses groomed earlier.
“As their businesses start to grow through concerted ICT channels, this will bring positive effects on the living standards and quality of life for the respective individuals and communities,” she added.
Apart from the community, other focus groups for the MIV programme include undergraduate and graduate students in Malaysia’s Institution of Higher Educations (IHE), international ICT volunteer (IIV), and school teachers.
Its future projects with its tentative dates include MIV with Community Phase 2 (August 8 to September 5), MIV with IHE in Conjunction with MIV with Community Phase 3 (November 1 to 30), MIV with School (August to September, 2016), and MIV with IIV (July 11 to August 19, 2016).
Hashimah said that currently there are 124 Pl1M centres state-wide with 112 of them operational and the remaining 12 newly established.
Also attending the press conference were two volunteers from PI1M Kampung Pinang in Samarahan, Muhammad Zaiemi Jeraie and Jaidip Bawi.