Govt to announce special postpaid package for civil servants on Aug 7, says Fahmi


DENGKIL: The government will announce a special mobile postpaid package for civil servants on Monday (Aug 7), says Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

He said the special package was offered following complaints received from frontline staff in the field regarding their postpaid subscription prices.

"Tomorrow (Aug 7), there will be some special announcements for civil servants," he told reporters after officiating the Merdeka@Komuniti programme for the Dengkil state constituency at Balai Raya Taman Desa Jenderam Hilir here on Sunday (Aug 6).

As for the postpaid package for media personnel, Fahmi said discussions would be held with telecommunication service providers (telcos) on Monday, and the decision regarding the matter would be announced later.

"I will raise the matter (for media personnel), and we will see if they (the telcos) agree or not," he said, adding that many more good announcements would be made through the efforts of the Communications and Digital Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Fahmi said KKD would continue to intensify its efforts to reduce the burden of users and ensure that all levels of society enjoyed better services at reasonable prices.

"Hopefully, internet prices will drop after we implement the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP)," he said.

On July 31, Fahmi was reported as saying that internet prices were expected to drop by this September, when the MSAP was adopted.

MCMC, in a statement issued on July 11, said the reduction in retail fixed broadband prices following the implementation of the MSAP could only happen once access agreements had been concluded between service providers.

MCMC said that currently, most access providers had or were in the process of publishing reference access offers (RAOs).

Meanwhile, Fahmi said his ministry would investigate allegations that subsidised cooking oil packets were being sold online before holding a discussion on the matter with the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry.

"I view this matter seriously. I will discuss it with the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry. If there is a violation of the law, MCMC will take appropriate legal action," he said. - Bernama

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