The PerantiSiswa tablets which were planned to be distributed for free to students in institutes of higher learning from B40 families will be late.
Originally the tablets were planned to be distributed starting in June. However, the Communications and Multimedia Minister (MenKOMM) said that the tender for the initial supplier has been cancelled.
He also told FMT that the decision was made by the Financial Ministry who had the final say.
In light of the new development, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that the tablets would be delayed until mid June.
However, his new target, although not impossible, is a daunting task. This is because the programme involves hundreds of thousands of devices that need to be manufactured and then distributed to hundreds of universities around Malaysia.
On top of that, Annuar said in a previous statement, that the company that provides the tablet, will also need to provide after-sales services and honour the warranty when required.
It is an ambitious undertaking in such a short time for both the government and the manufacturer of the tablet.