OVER 60,000 people in Sabah have received the 1Malaysia computers thus far, said State Resource Development and Information Technology Assistant Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad. She said the price of the 1Malaysia notebook varies but is not more than RM1,000 per unit inclusive of applications like Microsoft Office and anti-virus software.
She was replying to Gum-Gum Assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Mohd Edris on the number of recipients and their eligibility during question time. "All the applicants have been vetted by the relevant quarters. Actually, there are two categories of recipients.
"One is the student category in which the applicants must be Malaysians, secondary students, total household income must be less than RM3,000 a month and the parents must agree to subscribe to Internet access. "Priority would be given to students living in areas that have Internet coverage and only one computer is given for one family," Jainab said.
Under the second category which is for the public, she said the applicants must be Malaysians, total household income must also be less than RM3,000 a month, one computer for one family and applicants must not have children who have received the 1Malaysia computer through the programme.
Infrastructure Development Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming said the Government has approved an upgrading project for water supply in Kudat costing RM18 million under the Second Rolling Plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).
He said another RM1 million has been approved for a project to reduce losses incurred by Non-Revenue Water (NRW) in Kudat by replacing the old pipes. "The Ministry is in the midst of preparing the design and documentation to replace the pipes. The physical work will commence once the design works have been completed," he said.
Pang was replying to Tanjong Kapor Assemblyman Datuk Teo Chee Kang on actions taken to address interruptions to water supply in Kudat due to leakages in the pipes. On number of pipe leakages in Kudat, Pang said the Water Department recorded a total of 250 cases from December 2011 up to February this year.
State Infrastructure Development Assistant Minister, Datuk Japlin Akim said the Ministry through the Water Department is planning to build a water treatment plant in Kundasang with a water capacity to produce 15 million litres per day. "The design works and documentation on this project have been completed and physical works will commence once we received funding from the Federal Government," he told Kundasang Assemblyman Dr Joachim Gunsalam.
The Ministry took over the existing alternative water supply in Kundasang from the Rural Development Corporation (KPD) on Jan. 1 last year. "We have carried out a study on the alternative water supply in Kundasang to determine the scope of work that needs to be done.
"Based on the results of the study, the Water Department has repaired water leakages in pipes and is doing maintenance on dilapidated reserve water tanks in the area. "These works would be carried out from time to time, continuously, so that water can be channelled to the residents at an optimum level," Japlin said.
Dailyexpress Online 27 Mac 2012