PETALING JAYA: Google Malaysia has denied awarding any money or project to a teenager who created an app for an Internet-based messaging service that can provide instantaneous language translation.
Fifteen-year-old Yusrim Karim, who submitted his app – Coker Chat to Google Idea – said he received an e-mail from Google Ideas, claiming that his software was fantastic and offered him a chance to work on a US$36mil (RM1333.14mil) project or US$50,000 (RM184,910) cash.
The Form Three student from Sandakan claimed he chose the cash.
According to Google Malaysia’s head of communications and public affairs department, Zeffri Yusoff, the story was â€œcompletely incorrectâ€, and said there was no such competition organised by Google Ideas.
â€œI checked with Google Ideas and they did not send any e-mail to the boy.
â€œI can only speculate for now. The boy might have received a spam email,â€ said Zeffri when contacted by The Star Online on Thursday.
Google Malaysia also sent a statement clarifying that the article Student wins Google Award is factually wrong.-The Star