Yesterday, Syed Huzaifah alerted me about a recent post by a Obefiend who P4WN Raja Petra & Malaysian Today for the Police Beating Rapist thingy (read it there). He ( obefiend ) posted about I-Iqraq that was announced by Terengganu State Government. yeah read the news here.
For those who didn’t understand Malay language, simply said, Terengganu will sell this Digital Al-Quran through their elected-reseller-by-state-government at the price of RM1,988.
That price is equal for a Dell Mini 10 that run Windoze.
That price you can buy second hand Mac Mini, of course, need to BYODKM – Buy Your Own Display Keyboard Mouse.
That price is equal for three PSP.
That price can buy 2 iPod Touch
Now let’s do some comparison.
Off course it’s still pretty unfair to do early comparison, mainly because the specification and the features is yet to be announced but really. RM1988? That’s kinda overkill for me. Plus you can get a pretty much more cooler iPod Touch or if you being ‘touché, the PSP I would say much more sufficient.And I can’t help but to remember that there’s Stadium -Roof Collapse incident, Perdana V6 overkill-price-for-maintenance in the Terengganu. If this device was announced by other state, I may not think there’s any hanky-panky thing going on. And I wonder what’s with the line of selling-that-device-through-state-government-elected-reseller.
Doesn’t that sound fishy?
I know they may said that’s the price for that software alone, again I could comprehend it but why not make that software can be played/run on existing platform? If there’s need to be specific devices, then why not the price much more cheaper? For god sake it’s much more expensive than iPod-Touch that can install hundreds of Apps and yeah, just need to download i-Quran for free. And I thought Terengganu kids already got a laptop. right?
Now when I complaint like this, most probably the response i’ll get is this is Malay, can’t see other Malay succeed. (macam ni la perangai melayu, dengki sesama sendiri) Now let me justify my stance.
I am happy for every advancement/ improvements being implemented towards Islam, but I can’t stand that if I were to purchase it, it’s gonna be RM1988.
I’m a programmer so rest assured I know how to value the manpower to start with. but with that price. swt. State Zakat cannot fund some ah??
Why Al-Quran for PSP distributed for free?
The reason why Al-Quran for PSP/The Raise Project distributed for free is because it’s using translation from Arab Saudi Government Website and it is stated that it’s for academic use only. If I were to charge it, I plan to publish a UMD version that can fit local/international Imam recitation and have various translation plus, since it’s run on native PSP environment, I could make it much more stable and faster plus access bookmark too, just like playing a game in PSP.
And with that, UMD price should be just around RM70-100 given that all of the above you got, but hey, it’s PSP and it’s an Entertainment devices. The plan didn’t go on because I decide to concentrate with Flavert. And I was planning something bigger with PSP platform, and for that to take off, I need some time, to ensure the timing is right, and I don’t want to become extremely early just like Sega Dreamcast. And the timing here is not about technology but with Islamic community.
From developer hats, obviously I can’t charge anyone at the moment with Al-Quran for PSP limited capabilities.
From so-called business coat, wait, I’m not even a business person to start with hahah.
As for Al-Quran for PSP fans, the next update is gonna be for PSP-Go,hopefully
Dear Sony Malaysia, please give me Sony PSP Go for free yeay so that I can try to see if I can make Al-Quran for PSP Go 😀