Call and wish your loved ones 'Selamat Hari Raya' for free from 10pm Wednesday (May 12)


PETALING JAYA: Call and wish your friends and family around Malaysia "Selamat Hari Raya" for free from 10pm Wednesday (May 12) night to 10am on Thursday, the first day of Hari Raya.

Local telecommunication service providers are banding together to give Malaysians the opportunity to be closer to their loved ones although celebrating the festivities apart under the movement control order (MCO).

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the deal was made possible with the help of 10 local telcos.

"I hope this will at least help Malaysians keep in touch with their loved ones as they cannot go visiting under MCO 3.0 starting May 12 to June 7.

"Thank you to all telcos that made this possible and to all Malaysians complying with the SOP to curb Covid-19 infections. We pray that we will be able to flatten the curve soon and continue our lives as before," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The free call facility was initiated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and can be enjoyed by subscribers of Celcom, Digi, Maxis, REDTone, TM Unifi, TIME dotCom, Tune Talk, U Mobile, Yoodoo and YTL Communications.

In a separate statement, Celcom Axiata Bhd said Celcom customers can also stay connected with family and friends via video call this Hari Raya through its ongoing free 1GB daily Internet provision.

"Malaysians are facing challenging times due to the rise in Covid-19 cases and many would be celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri away from their loved ones while keeping safe in their homes," said Celcom chief executive officer Idham Nawawi.

He added that the industry collaborating with the government to offer free nationwide calls was a way it could help raise spirits in these challenging times.

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