MCMC: Six telcos fined RM700,000


KUALA LUMPUR: Six telecommunication companies (telcos) were slapped with 15 compounds amounting to RM700,000 for registering prepaid SIM cards without verifying the users’ information in 2019.

The highest compound was issued to U Mobile Sdn Bhd with five compounds valued at RM250,000; followed by Celcom Axiata Berhad and Tune Talk Sdn Bhd (RM150,000).

The others are Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd (RM100,000), YTL Communication Sdn Bhd (RM40,000) and Tone Plus Sdn Bhd (RM10,000), said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

“The action taken reflects MCMC’s firmness and commitment in ensuring the users’ interest is always being taken care of, besides making sure the prepaid SIM card registration process follows the stipulated guidelines.

“MCMC will not compromise in the matter and strict action will be taken against those who fail to adhere to the guidelines,” it said.

MCMC said various proactive measures were also taken, such as SIM card registration using encrypted and secured automatic platforms and not registering users who own more than five SIM cards.

The compounds were issued for offences under Section 127 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, read together with Section 242 of the same law, which provides for a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or jailtime of not more than two years or both, against the offenders. — Bernama

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