Company directors fined for possession of unapproved communication equipment, says MCMC

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced that two company directors were recently fined by the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court for possessing and intending to sell unapproved communication equipment, specifically Baofeng model BF-888S walkie-talkies and various brands of wireless adapters.

In a statement on Tuesday (June 18), MCMC said that the two individuals were fined RM5,500 and RM2,500 respectively after pleading guilty before Judge Amir Shah Amir Hassan.

MCMC elaborated that the first individual, a 29-year-old local man, was charged with two offences under Regulation 16(1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000.

He was found in possession of five Baofeng model BF-888S walkie-talkies and six wireless adapters of various brands at Lintas Plaza on Oct 11, 2023, with the intent to sell them.

Whereas, the second individual, a 41-year-old local man, was charged with one offence under the same regulation for possessing two units of Baofeng model BF-888S walkie-talkies at Sinsuran Complex on the same date, with the intent to sell them.

The offences are punishable by a fine not exceeding RM300,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, or both, the statement read.

The MCMC reminded the public to avoid engaging in activities involving the sale, possession, or use of unapproved communication equipment.

"This is to prevent negative consequences that could impact users," it said.

MCMC stated that using unapproved communication equipment can cause interference with telecommunications networks, degrade service quality, and ultimately create problems for other users.

It also highlighted that unapproved communication equipment might not function properly, resulting in poor service quality and user dissatisfaction.

The public is advised to use the MCMC Check Your Label app to verify the certification status of any communication equipment before purchase. - Bernama

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