The PerantiSiswa initiative was announced during Budget 2022 to provides students from families in the B40 bracket with a tablet to use for their studies. The chosen tablet for this project is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 LTE.
It’s powered by an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM plus 64GB of storage (expandable via microSD). It has a TFT 10.5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. There’s a 5MP selfie camera and a 8MP rear camera, support 4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and has a 7,040mAh battery.
Bernama reports that the Minister of Communications and Digital, Fahmi Fadzil, stated that as of 15 April 2022, 474,311 applications were received for PerantiSiswa, with 368,803 applicants accepted and 105,508 rejected.
However, upon conducting a second screening, it was discovered that 31,699 of the rejected applicants were from the B40 group. These applications were screened again based on certain criteria, such as part-time or final year student status and previous device assistance, resulting in 23,394 B40 students being identified as eligible for the devices.
The PerantiSiswa initiative cost a total of RM450 million and has so far benefited 359,742 B40 students in higher education institutions.
In order to speed up device distribution, 31 centralised distribution centres were activated for three weeks starting 17 February 2023, resulting in the distribution of 33,540 devices, with the remaining 9,000 devices expected to be distributed soon.