KUALA LUMPUR – U Mobile, is providing free internet connectivity to residents in 12 Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) locations across the nation as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
The free internet access is open to all residents but is especially useful for students as the data is tailored for productivity and learning purposes. Residents can access the free internet service in the selected PPRs at specified locations in the various common areas. The telco’s latest effort is part of a joint industry initiative that kicked off in January 2021 and will run till 30 April 2021.
This initiative among several other initiatives by U Mobile aims to address issues brought on by the pandemic. Other recent CSR efforts by U Mobile include,
1) RM800,000 total contribution to IMARET and MERCY Malaysia for COVID-19 relief efforts
The funds received by IMARET and MERCY Malaysia were used to purchase a variety of medical equipment, PPEs and more.
2) Sponsorship of connectivity and devices to B40 students in Sabah and Penang
In Sabah, U Mobile partnered with HUAWEI to provide 60 devices coupled with postpaid plans to in-need students in Sabah via HanaFundMe, a crowdfunding platform.
In Penang, U Mobile contributed 340 postpaid sim cards to participants of the empowerNCER: Akademik Pulau Pinang programme, in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and Usains Holding Sdn Bhd. This initiative aims to raise the academic performance of primary and secondary school students in the B40 income category in the Seberang Perai Utara and Seberang Perai Tengah areas.
3) Sponsorship of connectivity and devices to frontliners at Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Sabah
A total of 30 mobile phones bundled with postpaid sim cards were provided free to medical frontliners to facilitate the care for COVID-19 patients via real-time communications.
On 6 January 2021, U Mobile introduced its 2021 SPM/ STPM Special Data Package in support of SPM and STPM students, which has since been expanded to include students in institutions of higher learning effective from 25 January 2021. This is also part of a joint industry initiative, under the Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia (PERMAI) Assistance Package announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, on 18 January 2021.