Malaysia

Ministry says would probe unauthorised 1 Malaysia netbook sales

A man tries the Acer Aspire One netbook at a computer mall in Taipei September 8, 2009. — Reuters picA man tries the Acer Aspire One netbook at a computer mall in Taipei September 8, 2009. — Reuters picSARIKEI, Dec 2 — Investigations will be carried out if there is evidence that people were offering for sale the 1 Malaysia netbooks, says Information, Communications and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang.

He said there were such allegations in the past but no evidence to substantiate them and for investigations to be carried out.

“Now we have the allegations surfacing again and in Facebook postings where people are offering for sale the netbooks for between RM100 and RM300 each.

“I don’t know whether this is true as anybody can post the sale offer on Facebook. This can be just a hoax. How can a person has so many netbooks to sell?” he said when asked to comment on the issue, here last night, which was brought up by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai recently.

Salang said the netbooks were given to people who were thought to need them.

“I don’t think those concerned should take the shortcut to earn a few hundred ringgit, as they will not get the value for what a netbook is supposed to be,” he added.

Earlier, when attending a “1 Malaysia with Leader” function at the Geramong longhouse in Nanga Ayam in Julau, Salang said the Barisan Nasional (BN) was a people-centric government that deserved its every support in the coming general election.

“It has accomplished a lot for the country, has fulfilled a lot of the people’s expectations and requests, and a lot more are being and will be done.

“The voters should give it (BN) another chance to especially fulfil all its promises.”

He said the voters should not waste their votes on candidates representing the opposition, which had no practical agenda for the people even if such candidates were their relatives or friends.

Later, Salang attended a gathering organised by teachers serving in Julau rural schools where they pledged their undivided support for him and the BN government. — Bernama

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