KUALA LUMPUR: The government has launched a new Internet protocol television (IPTV) service the “1Malaysia TV” a TV service that can be accessed and viewed on smartphones and tablet computers.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said 1Malaysia TV would allow the government to disseminate accurate information and news to the public in “real-time”.
“With today’s technology, the public is able to receive news and information in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, even before a meeting ends, people already receive the news,” said Najib, during the TV’s launch at Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
1Malaysia TV can be accessed at www.1malaysiaiptv.com.my.
Apple, Blackberry and Android smartphone or tablet owners can download an app to view 1Malaysia TV on their devices.
Najib said that if the government was not quick in disseminating news or information, the people have many other sources to turn to.
“Sometimes, the information out there is mixed with false news and slander. We (the government) have no choice but to ensure that we deliver accurate news at quick speed, and if possible, at real-time speed.”
Najib stressed the importance of making full use of technology and social media to engage with the people, especially the youth.
He said Malaysia was one of the world’s top users of social media sites such as Facebook and Friendster, adding that TIME magazine had dubbed the country as “the most cybersocial country in the world”.
“Engagement with the rakyat should no longer be just confined to the official media, but also social media, be it for politics or administration,” said Najib, adding that he often uses Twitter to gather feedback from the public.
The TV offers 11 channels including RTM1, RTM2, TV3, TV-Alhijrah and CCTV News, and is targeted at viewers aged between 18 and 25.
1Malaysia TV is run by 1Media IPTV Sdn Bhd and National Film Development Corporation chairman Datuk Afendi Hamdan, is the adviser
Source : The Star