SMS revenue for two cellular telephone providers, Maxis and Celcom, is expected to be about RM500mil for the year.
In a front-page article in Utusan Malaysia, Maxis Telecommunication Bhd said it expected to garner RM360mil from its SMS service while Celcom (M) Bhd expected RM149mil by the year’s end.
Maxis chief executive officer Datuk Jamaludin Ibrahim said the company made RM245mil, from the RM1.4bil sector, from its data sending service operations in telecommunications last year.
Celcom CEO Datuk Ramli Abbas said it handled close to 11 million messages daily, adding that Celcom was expecting a 168% leap in demand for SMS services.
The company expects to process more than 25 million messages soon.
The daily also front-paged a report that the Anti-Corruption Agency had detained three police officers suspected of receiving bribes to protect entertainment premises such as gambling dens and pornographic VCD joints.
Penang ACA director Deputy Senior Commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed was quoted as saying that the three were among 19 caught in the state over the past two months for alleged bribery practices.
The others included 14 members of the public, a police officer and an immigration officer.
Utusan Malaysia carried a brief report that former deputy prime minister and finance minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was given permission to attend the wedding of his daughter, Nurul Izzah, at his home in Bukit Damansara yesterday.
Nurul Izzah, 23, married engineer Raja Ahmad Shahril Iskandar Raja Salim, 27, a member of the Johor royalty.
Berita Harian highlighted a directive issued to Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein to settle a leadership dispute in Kulim Umno division.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the party’s management committee had refrained from resolving the dispute.
He added that there was no request from the division for the party to help resolve its internal problems, which created chaos during a recent division meeting.
Hishammuddin, according to the report, has sent a four-member team, led by Umno Youth assistant secretary Zulkifli Mohd Alwi to investigate the matter.
On another issue, Berita Harian reported that the hotel industry had lost RM82.7mil in turnover over the past two months due to SARS.
According to Malaysian Association of Hotels president Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin, the occupancy rate was 41.65% last month compared to 61.54% in April last year.
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