KUCHING: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) hopes to send ICT-savvy Malaysian volunteers abroad to impart digital literacy knowledge to other communities.
Recently, Malaysia played host to Korean volunteers in the International ICT Volunteer (IIV) programme, which aims to promote the use of ICT for sustainable development as well as to provide volunteering opportunities to gain and share ICT knowledge and experience.
The IIV was initiated by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with National Information Society Agency (NIA), in partnership with multiple stakeholders like government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Under the Malaysia ICT Volunteer (MIV) with IIV, three teams of Korean volunteers were placed at each of the 1Malaysia Internet centre in Pulau Pangkor, Perak; Kampong Rampayan Laut in Kota Belud, Sabah; and Kampong Pinang in Kota Samarahan.
“Kampong Pinang was chosen because it has the most active volunteers during Phase 1 of ‘MIV with Community’ programme, running from April 18 to May 15 this year,” said MCMC senior director of advocacy and outreach division Eneng Faridah Iskandar.
The programme, from July 11 to Aug 18, had the Korean volunteers working with five Malaysians to promote cultural exchange and improve the Malaysian graduates’ experience in ICT volunteering activities.
According to Eneng, the five volunteers are all university students from Kampong Pinang.
“The reason being is so that they have an interest in contributing to their own community.”
Noting that the ICT volunteer groups in Malaysia were very ICT-focused, Eneng hoped that the volunteers here could learn more, based on the experience of their Korean counterparts.
“That is what we want to be – to reach that level where our young people are brave and willing enough, and also have the necessary expertise to help not just the community, but perhaps other countries in the future,” she said.
Last year, MCMC received two teams and were placed at two centres – Kampong Gong Cengal in Kemaman, Terengganu; and Kampong Sawang in Tenom, Sabah.
Eneng said thanks to the programme, the people of Kampong Gong Cengal managed to learn basic Korean, apart from video editing and compiling with computer software; those from Kampong Sawang had successfully developed ‘Bahasa Korea Untuk Kita Semua’ – an application that could translate Korean words into Malay.
Another programme by MCMC, the MIV was introduced in February this year under the ‘MIV with Community’ programme.
About 40 volunteers were recruited from the community residing around
the Internet centres. The programme aimed to assist in enhancing and widening the market search of various businesses.
As a result, about 18 businesses including bakeries, homestays and beauty products have been successfully commercialised on social media.
In the future, Eneng said based on the ‘MIV with Community’ programme (Phase 1), they would look at enhancing the modules further for the volunteers.
As a form of appreciation to the community for hosting the Korean volunteers, a mini carnival called ‘Annyong Haseyo Day’ is being held at Kampong Pinang in Kota Samarahan today (Aug 13).
“We want to do something with the community because first, it is to show what they have learned, and also for the students what they have done. Aside from that, we want to show that we appreciate the community, because without them, it could not have worked,” said Eneng.
The carnival highlights the things that the members of the community have learned from the Korean volunteers such as the language, videos and arts, a performance by the Korean volunteers on Malaysia culture, exhibition of Korean food and also an ICT show.
The IIV aims to promote the use of ICT for sustainable development, to promote the development of ICT applications, services and contents, as well as to provide opportunities for volunteers to gain and share knowledge and experience.
For additional enquiries and information, visit MIV Programme’s website www.miv.mcmc.gov.my, its Facebook site MalaysiaICTVolunteer, email to [email protected], or call 03-86888800.