PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA, 9 Nov 2017 – MCMC is the regulator for the converging communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia. The discussion at MCMC was chaired by Ms Laurel Tan Bee Hong, who is Head of the Department of Content Applications Industry Development at MCMC. According to 2013 data, MCMC has set up 500 internet centres, called Pusat Internet 1 Malaysia (PI1M), in the rural areas all over Malaysia. PI1M’s objective is to help rural communities improve their social and economic status as well as to enjoy the benefits of surfing the Internet as it is felt by the urban community, thus closing the digital divide between the rural population and the city.
We explored the possibility of leveraging PI1M as learning centres for the marginalized community that we are dealing with in our project (the single mothers). It was interesting to note that MOOC for Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Education and Islamic Studies has been rolled out for communities in the state of Terengganu in 2015. Hence our consortium’s work in developing MOOC for single mothers can complement the efforts started by MCMC.