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By Wednesday December 21st, 2011 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will develop more products and services based on the 1Malaysia concept to benefit more people.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the 1Malaysia programme had started to bear fruit following the rolling out of services such as the 1Malaysia clinics, 1Malaysia shops, 1Malaysia menu and 1Malaysia cash aid. All of these services, he said, had benefited the people and made life easier for them.

“We can list them — the clinics, shops and assistance. People are beginning to appreciate the government’s contributions… this is being expressed through the media,” he said at the launch of NJOI, an Astro service that provides free access to satellite television and radio channels.

Najib said the benefits from 1Malaysia showed that it was not just a philosophy — it had guided the government in building the nation. “For the good of the people, there will be more such products and services to come.”

He said expanding satellite television access to a larger segment of the population would help bridge the digital divide.

“Those without real-time access to information are at a disadvantage in this increasingly competitive world.

“Services provided for free or at minimal cost, such as NJOI, can bridge the digital gap.”

Astro’s NJOI has 18 television and 19 radio channels, including information and entertainment channels, such as Astro Awani, Bernama TV, TV1, TV2 and Astro Prima, and educational channels such as Astro Tutor TV.

The service will be made available to all Malaysians early next year, with customers installing the decoder after a one-off payment, without paying subscriptions.

NJOI decoders are being provided free to 50,000 low-income families registered with the government’s e-Kasih, a database of the poorest families in the country.

Najib handed out free decoders to residents of Perumahan Rakyat Cochrane Perkasa, Cheras.

Present was Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Source : New Straits Times

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