PETALING JAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has appointed Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek as the new chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) effective today.
The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the appointment of Fadhlullah will be for a period of two years.
MCMC is the regulatory body for communications and multimedia, the role of which includes to implement and promote the government’s national policy objectives for the sector.
Fadhlullah is the vice-chancellor and CEO of Perdana University.
He has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications sector and was a former commission member of the MCMC.
Fadhlullah replaces Al-Ishsal Ishak, who has served as chairman of MCMC since October 2018.
The ministry has also appointed Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa as telecommunications advisor to the Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Zamzamzairani, 58, is currently the chairman of UEM Sunrise Bhd and has over 30 years experience in the telecoms industry.
The ministry said it is working on improving MCMC’s policies to adjust to the new normal due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
It said the improvements in policies would cover three main aspects that include infrastructure, preparation for 5G technology as well as governance.
“Efforts to upgrade the broadband coverage reach with high-quality access in cities, suburban and rural areas will be accelerated.
“For the 5G technology rollout, the strategy to allocate spectrum will be improved to maximise usage, ” said Saifuddin.
He said his ministry will be re-evaluating the current communications industry structure to ensure its sustainability in the long term focusing on improving the governance and transparency of the industry and reviewing the ministerial powers to ensure a check and balance system is in place.
Meanwhile, the role and job scope of the MCMC will be reviewed for the agency to focus on its core business. “This includes improving MCMC’s organisation structure and upgrading its legal, audit and human resources departments, ” Saifuddin said.
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