PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and police recently carried out raids to curb the use of non-certified communications equipment.
MCMC's Head of Enforcement Division, Datuk Mohd Shafie Harun said simultaneous raids were carried out in Butterworth and Ampang after it received complaints from the public about individuals using such equipment.
Mohd Shafie said the usage of non-certified communications equipment by the suspects had caused frequency disruption and affected the communications service quality in both locations.
"During the raids, communication equipment such as a cordless phone bought through an online platform and UHF television antenna were seized.
"The identities of the suspects have also been identified, and their statements have been recorded," he said in a statement on Sunday (May 5).
Both cases are currently being investigated under the Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000, which carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both, if found guilty.
Between 2018 and April 2019, 23 charges have been filed for offences under the same provision for usage of non-certified communications equipment, with a total fine amounting to RM165,000.
Mohd Shafie advised the public to only buy and use communications equipment that carried the MCMC certification.
Apart from cordless phones and UHF television antennas, the public is also urged to be vigilant when buying other communications equipment such as myFreeview Digital TV decoders and Android TV box, as such uncertified equipment are sold online and in retail outlets.
He said this was to protect the safety of consumers and to avoid interference to communications services.
To ensure that the communications equipment used are legal and certified, users can check its status using the Check Your Label mobile app or via online at https://ecomm.sirim.my.