SEREMBAN: A total of 27,000 applications under the Malaysian Family Student Device programme were received within seven hours, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said the online applications received encouraging response from higher education institution students of the B40 group when it was opened on Friday (April 15).

“Coincidentally, today is the first day for device applications for B40 students, I was informed in six to seven hours, we received 27,000 applications online.

“It was an overwhelming response, and it is the desire of the government to ensure higher education institution students receive the device suitable to their fields of study at the university,” he said when speaking at a breaking of fast event at Klana Resort Seremban here.

Also present were Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) acting chief executive officer Roslan Ariffin as well as Seremban Umno division chief Mustafa Salim.

Annuar also met students of Maahad Tahfiz Al-Ihya.

It was reported that the tablets, which would be distributed in June, would be of superior quality and from renowned brands.

The package was announced during the tabling of Budget 2022 in line with the government’s intention to ensure higher education institution students have devices and Internet access at a reasonable cost.

Annuar said the programme would benefit about 350,000 students from B40 families undergoing diploma and bachelor’s degree courses.

Application for the programme can be made online via

In another development, Annuar said leaders at the grassroots played an important role in channelling information on broadband and telecommunication services comprehensively to the people.

“I found many do not have comprehensive information or lack understanding of the broadband and telecommunication services including leaders and community representatives to give a clear picture of implementation.

“I believe many are hearing the PoP (point of presence) for the first time, which is a very important programme costing billions of ringgit to upgrade broadband services for 4,000 schools,” he said.

Therefore, he said, the roles of leaders and community representatives are crucial to ensure the success of the programme as well as the ministry’s initiative in improving broadband coverage. – Bernama