Three contenders for multimedia commission post


By B.K. SIDHU

THREE well-known personalities in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are in the running for the chairman's post at the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) following the completion of Tan Sri Nuraizah Abdul Hamid's three-year term last week. 

The three are Telekom Malaysia Bhd deputy chief executive Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Daud, Mimos Bhd president and chief executive officer Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen, and Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Halim Shafie. 

It is believed that while the search for a new chairman is still on, the secretary-general of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Datuk Dr Sulaiman Mahbob would be appointed acting chairman. He became a member of the MCMC from April 2001. 

StarBiz also understands that MCMC's head of industry development unit, Bistamam Siru Abdul Rahman, would be appointed acting deputy chief executive officer to oversee the day-to-day running of the commission. 

Rahim, 55, was made Telekom's deputy chief executive in May 2001 and has been the executive director of the utility giant since July 7, 1998.  

He holds a bachelor of engineering (Hons) in electronics from the University of Liverpool, masters in science (telecommunications engineering) from University of Birmingham and a doctorate in engineering (telecommunications engineering) from University of Bath, Britain. 

Rahim was also the first Malaysian to be elected as chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, comprising 35 countries, for three terms from September 1999 to November 2002. 

Azzman is well-known for his involvement in Jaring and the conceptual stages of the Multimedia Super Corridor.  

He is president and chief executive officer of Mimos, which would in future concentrate on research and development as Jaring will be sold to Telekom. 

Azzman is also tipped to chair the National Information Technology Council (NITC). 

Halim, 54, holds an economics degree from Universiti Malaya and a masters in public and international affairs from University of Pittsburgh. He is also Tenaga's non-executive director and a director of Telekom. 

Nuraizah left on Oct 31 after having served a three-year term as MCMC's second chairman.  

The commission, formed in November 1998, is the regulator of the converging communications and multimedia industry. 

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