5 telco companies issued fine amounting to RM750,000

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The logo of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.in Cyberjaya.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 04 DECEMBER 2020.

KUALA LUMPUR – 15 compounds amounting to RM750,000 have been issued on 4 December to five telecommunications companies for registering prepaid SIM cards without validating information of applicants.

The action was taken based on the audit conducted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu between August and October last year.

With the issuance of the latest compound, the total value of compounds issued throughout 2020 is over 70 compounds worth RM3.45 million.

The number is 16% higher than 58 compounds worth RM2.9 million issued in 2019 for the same offence.

According to MCMC, registering prepaid SIM card without the verifying information of user is an offence under Section 127 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which could lead to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment of up to two years or both upon conviction.

Leading the list with the most number of compounds is Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, which was slapped with the highest or five compounds at the amount of RM250,000, followed by Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd with four compounds worth RM200,000.

Meanwhile, three compounds amounting to RM150,000 were issued to U Mobile Sdn Bhd. Tun Talks Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd were issued two compounds each amounting RM100,000 and RM50,000.

In the statement, MCMC said that the efforts showed that the commission is strict in protecting the interests of consumers, especially from the escalation of frauds and scams. –MalaysiaGazette

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