The Pusat Internet Desa (PID) or Rural Internet Centre project is a telecentre project initiated in April 2000 by the Ministry of Energy, Water, and Communication (MEWC) of Malaysia. 42 centres were established nationwide and each centre is managed by two people, a manager and an assistant manager. It is one of the Malaysian Government’s initiatives to bridge the Digital Divide between the rural and urban communities through community-shared facilities with computers and internet access.
Typically, a PID is housed in an annex building of a Post Office specially built for the purpose in partnerships with the Pos Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Each PID usually has 5-7 computers, a printer, and internet connection. Recently, in 2008, under the PID improvement project all of them have received additional two notebooks, a projector, a fax machine, two webcams, and wireless equipment from MEWC.
PID offers various services including computer and internet access, basic ICT trainings, and development of local websites or blogs. A few of them have also started providing various e-services for the community. A number of ICT activities have also been conducted from time to time such as the community day with PID, workshops, and seminars. Thus far, the PID programme has increased the awareness and literacy of the rural community on Information and Communication Technology, increased access to the technology, and provided some digital opportunities.
PID program is now embarking on a mission to develop vibrant communities
whereby learning and networking activities using PID facilities becomes a second nature for the communities and part of the KPI of this phase of the project is towards sustainability. To achieve its mission, PIDs implements social entrepreneurship
principles and processes as well as participatory approach in community development
. It is envisaged that with continuous support and trainings, the PIDs will eventually become sustainable by 2010 and create significant impact for the advancement of the communities.
Ultimately, the PID telecentre movement will be connected into the national, regional as well as the global telecentre network.
Warisan Global is the main consultant appointed to undertake this project for MEWC.
To see the list of PIDs and their individual website, please visit www.pid.net.my
To see the pictures of some recent activities of PID managers and PID project, please visit www.flickr.com/photos/my_pid1