A NATIONWIDE signature campaign has been launched to call for the abolishment of monthly telephone rental charges, reported Malaysia Nanban.
It also quoted Air Keroh Consumers Association president Datuk M. Sulaiman as saying that the association needed more volunteers to collect signatures for the campaign.
He said that over 4.7 million consumers would benefit if the Government decided to abolish the charges, adding that they now paid between RM21 and RM26 monthly to Telekom Malaysia Bhd.
Sulaiman urged the public to collect signatures and send them to the association.
Our work will become easier and our appeal will be stronger if we can produce more signatures urging the Government and Telekom Malaysia to abolish the monthly rental.
Rentals are unnecessary as consumers do not receive any service, and Telekom Malaysia even charges consumers for enquiries, he said.
In an unrelated report, Sri Lanka's Vanni province Rehabilitation Minister Noordeen Mashoor, who is visiting Malaysia, told the daily in an interview that Sri Lanka would not see another civil war.
He said the Sri Lankan government wanted the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities in Sri Lanka to live together in peace, as is the case in Malaysia.
Noordeen added that for the past 20 years the government had spent one-third of Sri Lanka's revenue on the war but that the situation had changed now as the money was being spent on welfare and development projects.
In other news, Tamil Nesan quoted Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu as saying that Malaysian businessmen were keen to invest in India, especially in housing development projects.
He added that Malaysian architects and engineers would benefit if Malaysia could secure such projects in India.