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Mind the Gap – Bridging the Digital Divide in Malaysia
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Mind the Gap – Bridging the Digital Divide in Malaysia

By Irsyad HamilinThe first wave of COVID-19 in Malaysia leads to the sudden closure of all learning institutions nationwide. As a result, education in Malaysia has changed drastically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.On 13June 2020, Veveonah Mosibin, a student of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) make the headlines across Malaysia after posting an 11-minute video on YouTube entitled “24 Hours On Tree Challenge” featuring her climbing a tree where she spent the night just to get better internet access for her final exam. Unfortunately, whilst the treetop video challenge of hers opened many opportunities, it also highlights the huge gap of the digital divide in many parts of Malaysia. Veveonah’s case...