PUTRAJAYA: Students will now be able to purchase Malaysia's very own mobile device or tablet, the 1Malaysia Pad (1Mpad), using their student discount cards.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the 1Mpad would be made available to some 1.4 million students nationwide.
"The students can use their discount cards, which will be launched next month, to purchase the tablet.
"We will decide soon on the discount rate to be given to students who wish to buy the 1Mpad," said Ismail Sabri at the soft launch of the tablet, near here, yesterday.
Ismail Sabri said the 1Mpad would be the first gadget made available in the list of services and goods offered at a discount under the card.
"We are still in discussions to finalise the details of the offer," he said.
The 7-inch tablet, by MalTechPro Sdn Bhd, is aimed to provide mobile Internet accessibility to the public at a lower rate.
MalTechPro executive chairman Datuk Sohaimi Shahadan said the tablet design was to promote the country's mobile Internet take-up as well as bring benefits of the latest mobile technology to the people.
"The company will also customise applications to suit the needs of companies or organisations that are interested in buying the tablets."
The 1Malaysia Pad is currently available online, with 5000 units on sale for RM999.
The tablet operates using the Android Advance Smart Mobile Device and runs on the Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system.