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March 10, 2005
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Youth share their Insight with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

Malaysian Youth and DiGi present Resolutions on mobile communications from last year's D-Mobile Youth Forum

Cyberjaya, March 11, 2005 - It was an exciting morning as twenty youth representatives from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Multimedia University and Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, together with leading mobile communications service provider, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd presented 18 resolutions on the social implications of mobile communications to YBhg. Dato' V. Danapalan, Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The resolutions which centered on ensuring mobile communications technology is used positively and in a responsible manner to enable society were derived from the dynamic and highly interactive D-Mobile Youth Forum held on 4 December last year at Hyatt Saujana, Subang Jaya. Over the course of the day, more than 150 college and university students listened to a presentation by Albern Murty, Senior Manager of Product Development and then proceeded to brainstorm, debate, and discuss among themselves. The discussions were facilitated by the Instant Café Theatre group, and the end result was the presentation of 18 resolutions.

The resolutions deal primarily with privacy issues and the rights of consumers not to have their personal space infringed. Health concerns surrounding the use of mobile phones were also raised, and the need for greater awareness on the risks, if any, were highlighted. One resolution also called for mobile phones and services to be made affordable to all strata of society, in order to narrow the technology divide.

Commenting on the resolutions, Mr Jon Eddy, DiGi's Head of Technology said that DiGi is delighted to have organised the D-Mobile Youth Forum 2004 for the youth where they are able to learn more on the latest mobile communications technology, appreciate the benefits that technology brings to the lives and also understand the social implications technology can have on society.

"Technology brings with it great many benefits, but all technological breakthroughs have to be used rationally and with civic-mindedness in order to improve lives. At DiGi, we feel it is our social responsibility to play a role in enabling society with mobile technology. One of our ways of doing this is via our D-Mobile Youth Forums at which we invite youth aged 18 to 25 to discuss various aspects of mobile technology," said Mr Eddy.

Mr Eddy further explained that DiGi is firm believer in playing a role in building a more civic-conscious community in line with the government's national goals. He said that the response to the forum showed that the country's young people are keenly aware of and are interested in the developments surrounding them, and this augurs well for the nation's future. "Why youth? For two main reasons: 1) because they represent a major consumer band of mobile users; and 2) because they are the future, therefore changes in their behaviour patterns will have long-term, significant consequences on the country's social landscape," he said when explaining why DiGi focuses on the D-Mobile Youth Forum as an important part of the company's initiatives.

After the presentation, the student representatives were given an opportunity to interface with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission officials. They were also treated to a sumptuous brunch, a la café style before heading back to their campuses.

About DiGi

DiGi is a leading mobile communications company providing a comprehensive range of affordable, convenient and easy to use wireless services to simplify and enrich the lives of its customers. We create value for our customers by selecting the most appropriate cutting edge technology so that they benefit from products and services that give them choice, convenience and control.

We have an established presence as a leader in voice and data prepaid services with a number of firsts that have set industry benchmarks for creativity and innovation. These services are offered under the Beyond Prepaid brand name. Our postpaid service under the DiGi Postpaid and Discover Business Solutions brand names deliver high quality voice as well as value-added mobile content and data services to both individual and corporate customers.