PETALING JAYA: A total of 58 uncertified communication devices were confiscated in a series of raids nationwide by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Raids were carried out in 12 locations in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak and Penang between July and October.
The haul was the result of a joint operation with the Royal Malaysia Police, MCMC said in a statement.
It stated that the seized devices included antennas, signal boosters and repeaters, wireless TV transmitters, AV transmitters, Android TV boxes, walkie talkies and RF repeaters.
The cases are being investigated under Rule 16 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000, which carries a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to RM100,000 or both.
MCMC said it was taking a hard line against the possession and sale of uncertified communication devices, having tackled 19 cases involving 66 charges up to September this year, issuing RM432,000 in fines in total.This is up from RM55,500 in fines from 10 cases involving 15 charges last year.
Efforts to crack down on the use or sales of uncertified communication devices will be ramped up
The regulatory body encouraged members of the public to report such activities to the authorities and to only buy communication devices that display the MCMC label.
Consumers can use the Check Your Label app on Google Play or Apple App Store to verify if their device is certified.