Channelling to the community

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia’s Program Limpahan Intelektual 1997 (1997 Intellectual Overflow Programme) is an extension of its annual community projects held at various villages throughout Malaysia.

The typical project involves groups of student spending a week in selected villages to carry out community work.

However, for project manager Nurazariah Abidin, 20, community service and gotong royong activities were not enough. She decided to include the element of technology in the project, and ensured that there were proper follow up programmes for continuity.

Which was how Program Limpahan Intelektual came about.
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A ‘kampung’ in the Net

By Anita Devasahayam

KAMPUNG REPOH, located in the Batu Kurau constituency 90 kilometres from Ipoh, is a hive of activity.

The village folk are not caught up with tending vegetable patches or harvesting bananas. Instead, they are glued to two multimedia PCs currently housed at the penghulu’s (headman) home, which have brought the cyberworld right to their doorsteps.

For the 1,200 folks of the kampung — or village — getting a taste of cyberspace was enough to prompt them to stamp their mark on the World Wide Web, with their own homepage (Kg Repoh).

“We had heard of computers and the Internet, but had never used a PC or seen what the Internet was all about,” reveals Kampung Repoh’s penghulu Ramli Baharim.
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