The Lahad Datu standoff which began in February between armed militants and security forces in eastern Sabah had Malaysians gripped and searching for news and updates on Google.com.my during the four-month saga, the company said after unveiling its annual Year End Zeitgeist report.
According to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments -- boosted by the Malaysian Government’s Youth Communication Package (YCP) -- accounted for approximately 49.6% of total mobile phone shipments for the first half of 2013, a significant jump from the 31.8% recorded during the same period last year.
The controversial RM200 smartphone rebate announced for Budget 2013 is in the news again, after Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia reported that scheme will resume on Sept 3.
Even as the MCMC staunchly defended the reasons for imposing a price-cap on the contentious smartphone rebate for youths, the Government did a backflip and removed it, leaving the regulator in the lurch.
Nearly 5,500 people from ages 21 to 30 had registered for the Youth Communications Package (YCP) which offers an RM200 (US$65) rebate for the purchase of smartphones, as at 7pm on Jan 1, the first day of the offer, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Cabinet has agreed to remove the RM500 price cap, The Malaysian Insider reported.
It looked to have been a slow news week as we wind down for the year, but then the stuff hit the fan, writes Karamjit Singh.
In the wake of criticism over the RM200 rebate for youths to purchase smartphones, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the incentive was really meant for those who otherwise could not afford it.
Details of the smartphone rebate announced in Budget 2013 have just been revealed, which have got A. Asohan slapping his forehead in frustration.