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YTL Communication's has announced telco plans under the Malaysian government’s Jaringan Prihatin initiative that aims at providing B40 families and individuals with free phones and free data for a whole year.

Through its YES telco service, there will be two Prihatin plans for B40 families and individuals: YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Families and YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Individuals, the company said in a statement.

Both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and free access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content for one year, with no deposit, contract or payments needed.

Subscribers will also receive a US$12 (RM50) Shopee voucher to shop for essentials.

[RM1 = US$0.242]

The Jaringan Prihatin programme, launched by Malaysian prime minister, offers a one-year RM300 and RM180 subsidy to registered B40 families and individuals respectively, to aid in paying for device and data.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner the government to serve the underserved B40 community. Working with the government we are able to multiply the impact of the Learn-From-Home free phone and data for B40 programme that we have been running with YTL Foundation since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Yeoh Seok Hong, managing director of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

The new Prihatin plans follow other YES initiatives to help B40 citizens that were introduced since the first Covid-19 lockdown last year, beginning with YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home programme.

The programme provides free learning content and free data to children in national schools, as well as free phones for children from B40 families, the company said.

The programme was extended to all university undergraduates in July 2020, and to the 230,000 teacher members of the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) in April this year.

YTL Foundation’s Learn from Home content includes 1,271 lessons across four core subjects - Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science - all mapped against the national curriculum for Primary 1 through to Form 5. 

All Learn-From-Home lessons are available on the YTL Foundation website and the FrogPlay Mobile App. The latter also includes more than 13,000 quizzes covering all core subjects, making learning and revising easily accessible to all students.

To learn more about and to apply for YES Prihatin, visit yes.my/kasiupB40 or call 018 3333 303.

KUALA LUMPUR: YTL Communications' YES today announced plans under the Government's Jaringan Prihatin initiative that will equip B40 families and individuals with free phones and free data for a whole year.

The company said there are two YES Prihatin plans for rakyat B40: YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home Families and YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home Individuals.

With just the Jaringan Prihatin subsidy, both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and free access to YTL Foundation's Learn-From-Home content, all for one year with no deposit, contract or payments needed. Subscribers will also receive a RM50 Shopee voucher to shop for essentials. Both plans are now available on www.yes.my/kasiupB40 and the MyYes App.

The announcement from YES follows Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin's launch of the Government's Jaringan Prihatin programme today, which offers a one year RM300 and RM180 subsidy to registered B40 families and individuals respectively, to help them pay for devices and data.

Announcing the details of YES Prihatin today, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd's managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong said, "We welcome the opportunity to partner the Government to serve the underserved B40 community. Working with the Government we are able to multiply the impact of the Learn-From-Home free phone and data for B40 programme that we have been running with YTL Foundation since the beginning of the pandemic. Our aim is not just short-term relief, but to also create sustainable, long-term impact."

"Our 12-month YES Prihatin Learn-From-Home plans give families a free smartphone – the first step to being digitally connected. To this we added a full year's worth of free data, thereby allowing them to focus on learning, work and building their businesses. And we believe that this alone isn't enough. By giving their children full access to YTL Foundation's Learn-From-Home content, we also ensure students continue to remain digitally-connected to schools and learning. This is especially important as the nation once again moves to the online-based teaching and learning model from May 17, as announced by the Ministry of Education last week. This access gives parents the peace-of-mind knowing that their children will not be left behind," he added.

YES has been advocating the need to help the rakyat B40 since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started in March 2020, and started the ball rolling with YTL Foundation's Learn-From-Home programme, which offered free learning content and free data to all children in national schools, with free phones for children from B40 families. The programme was extended to all university undergraduates in July 2020, and to the 230,000 teacher members of the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) in April this year.

YTL Foundation's Learn from Home content includes 1,271 lessons across four core subjects - Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science - all mapped against the national curriculum for Primary 1 through to Form 5. All Learn From Home lessons are available on the YTL Foundation website and the FrogPlay Mobile App. The latter also includes more than 13,000 quizzes covering all core subjects, making learning and revising easily accessible to all students with a smartphone. Since the Learn-From-Home programmes launched in March 2020, YTL Foundation, in partnership with YES and FrogAsia, has distributed more than 18 million GB of free data, 450,000 free SIMs and 100,000 free phones to those who most need it.

Go to yes.my/kasiupB40

By Fiza Kamarudin

Berita baik! Yayasan YTL telah mengumumkan lanjutan program telefon dan data percuma untuk anak-anak daripada keluarga B40 yang masih bersekolah di bawah inisiatif Learn-From-Home sehingga 30 September 2021.

Langkah ini bertepatan dengan pengumuman Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia pada 26 April mengenai transisi sekolah-sekolah kebangsaan ke model pengajaran dan pembelajaran atas talian selama dua minggu selepas sambutan Hari Raya.

Pengarah Program Yayasan YTL Dato’ Kathleen Chew berkata, Yayasan YTL sedang menjalinkan kerjasama dengan pembekal telekomunikasi YES dan platform pembelajaran atas talian FrogAsia untuk membolehkan keluarga B40 di seluruh negara mengakses inisiatif Learn-From-Home.

Kad SIM ini bukan sahaja membekalkan data percuma untuk membolehkan para penerima terus berhubung dengan sekolah mereka, bahkan juga membolehkan mereka memiliki akses penuh ke kandungan pelajaran percuma Yayasan YTL.

Menerusi kandungan yang dibangunkan FrogAsia menawarkan kaedah pembelajaran yang unik bagi mengoptimumkan pembelajaran.

Meningkatkan tahap pengetahuan, kuiz secara interaktif turut disediakan kepada pelajar.

Malahan melalui inisiatif FrogAsia ini juga para pelajar dapat mengakses pelajaran secara mudah di mana-mana dan bila-bila sahaja.

Kandungan yang dibangunkan ini turut merangkumi empat silibus utama iaitu bahasa melayu, bahasa inggeris, matematik dan sains untuk pelajar dari sekolah darjah satu hingga tingkatan lima.

Bagi memastikan tiada pelajar yang tercicir terutama dari golongan B40, YTL Foundation dan YES komited dalam memastikan tiada golongan yang tercicir dalam sistem pendidikan.

YTL membuka peluang kepada semua keluarga B40 untuk memiliki telefon bimbit dan data secara percuma di pautan www.ytlfoundation.org/learnfromhome

Terdahulu, sebanyak 450,00 sim kad telahpun diagihkan kepada para pelajar dan 100,000 keluarga golongan B40 di seluruh negara.

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