SANDAKAN – The promotion of business products through the social media has helped Andi Juhana Andi Appa to expand her food business.
It began after she became a member of the 1Malaysia Internet Centre (PI1M) at the Taman Murni PPR here and she was taught to promote her wares such as chicken rice and ‘nasi lalap’ and accept orders from customers through Facebook and WhatsApp applications.
“Because of the PI1M, the people soon became aware of my business, especially residents of the housing estate – thanks to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
“The centre guided me on using the advantages of the social media to prosper in my food business,” she told Bernama here.
Andi Juhana was among 12 entrepreneurs guided at the centre since its inception on Feb 9 last year.
The centre’s manager, Rahmat Nasrah said the PI1M had 679 members, mostly residents of Taman Murni PPR and the surrounding areas such as Taman Khaya, Taman Airport and Kampung Tinusa.
He said the facilities provided were internet access, internet browsing services, information and communication technology training involving Microsoft and excel base classes as well as entrepreneurial training.
The entrepreneurship training course, he added, was more towards guiding members involved in business on using the social media to promote and accept orders for their products.
He said other services also provided at the centre were making copies and scanning, adding that to expand the internet access in the residential area, free community wifi services were available to members.
The centre is open daily from 8am to 5pm, except on public holidays.
Meanwhile, Taman Murni PPR Rukun Tetangga chairman, Norhamzah Zakaria said the centre was of great benefit in terms of internet access to its residents and those in nearby residential areas.
He said it enabled them to be aware of the use of internet-based communication applications such as Whatsapp and obtain the latest news on social media.
According to him, the PI1M also enabled youths in the housing estates to utilise their time fruitfully by surfing the internet.
MCMC had opened five more PI1M in the district, including in Kampung Sungai Kayu, Taman Mesra PPR, Kampung Sebait Padas and Kampung Suan Lamba, with the number of users at 35,179 last year.
There are eight PI1M, namely, in Bintang Mas, Kampung Gana Jati, Kuala Sapi, Botition, Kolapis, Wonod, Beluran Town and Pekan Telupid in Beluran, with 13,603 users as of last year.
Seven PI1M are sited in Kinabatangan, namely, Kampung Sukau, Bilit, Sentosa Jaya, Paris 3, Batu Putih, Pelangi and Kinabatangan town with the total number of users at 27,486 last year.
This initiative, which began in 2013, was led by MCMC and funded through the Universal Service Provision (Universal Service Provision) fund.
With an area of at least 1,200 square feet, each PI1M is equipped with a broadband internet connection of up to a maximum of 20 megabits per second, a conducive space that includes 10 computers for training and another 10 for surfing the internet, in addition to free wifi facilities. – BERNAMA