Naza Communications is the first Towerco in Malaysia to implement NURI Program

Jun 22, 2017:

Naza Communications Sdn Bhd, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services provider and subsidiary of Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its pioneering group of collaboration partners, which are Malaysian app developers Car Bengkel, Ezyhaul, Living Space, My Homestay Malaysia and the Telecommunications Engineering College (TEC) - to implement and accelerate the NURI Program, rural empowerment initiative. The NURI Program will see Naza Communications as the first towerco in Malaysia to implement such an initiative.

Naza Communications Bridging Connectivity with NURI Program_Picture 3: Mr Subhash Devan, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Communications Sdn Bhd [Sixth from left] showcasing the signed Memorandum of Understanding together with NURI Program’s collaborating partners and guests [From left to right] Puan Noor Azita Binti Mamat, Senior Manager Special Projects Division Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF); Encik Ahmad Fathi, General Manager of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Encik Mohd Rohazwan from Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju); Mr Raymond Gillon, Chief Executive Officer of Ezyhaul Sdn Bhd;  Mr Suresh Kumar Kandasamy, Executive Director of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Dato’ Armin Baniaz Pahamin, Chief Executive Officer of Car Smart Apps Sdn Bhd; Encik Muhammad Al Hafiz bin Omar, Co-Founder of My Homestay Malaysia; and Mr Ikhram Merican, Managing Director of Living Space Sdn Bhd.

100% driven by Naza Communications, the NURI program is a multi-phase 3-year program which aims to empower rural communities in Malaysia by using mobile broadband as an enabler. Naza Communications plans to achieve its objective through 3 criteria: increase the income of selected rural communities through the mobile economy; utilize mobile apps in assisting the transformation of rural areas to uplift their well-being; and instill responsible Internet usage to promote lifelong learning and skills enhancement.

The NURI Program will be implemented around 200 villages in 80 locations nationwide which will be rolled out in 3 phases throughout a 36-month plan, with Northern and Eastern regions of Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia identified as suitable recipients.

The first phase of the NURI Program has already been carried out earlier this year at 10 villages:
  • Kedah: Kampung Kuala Merah, Kampung Pong Utara Dalam, Kampung Pinang, Bukit Jagung, Kampung Alor Bt Selingsing, Kampung Felda Gunong Bongsu, Kampung Wang Perah, Kampung Kubang Lerek, and Kampung Kejai.
  • Perak: Kampung Cheh Hulu