MCMC fines telcos for flouting conditions
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued summons worth RM920,000 to Celcom Axiata Bhd, Merchantrade Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Tune Talk Sdn Bhd, Maxis Mobile Services Sdn Bhd and Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd.
In a statement today, MCMC said the companies were fined for breaching licence conditions, specifically for failing to ensure proper registration of accurate user information for prepaid accounts.
"Celcom Axiata received eight fines totalling RM400,000, Merchantrade seven fines (RM240,000) and U Mobile four fines (RM100,000).
"Maxis Mobile was issued three fines (RM150,000) and Maxis Broadband and Tune Talk were issued fines of RM10,000, respectively," it said.
Chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi said the commission viewed the failure to ensure proper registration of accurate user information as a serious offence.
"We have received numerous complaints and info about cases where
individuals' MyKad numbers and names have been used when in fact they never apply for the service from the said telecommunication companies," he said.
Service providers or their representatives were required to verify the information contained in the MyKads or other official identification documents, such as passports, he said.
"The registration is to avoid misuse of end-user information which is a breach of their licence conditions as prescribed under Section 242 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said.-- Bernama