After first announcing an auction for spectrum, the Malaysian Government did a U-turn and allocated spectrum anyway, saying it would impose yet-to-be-named upfront fees. Stymied? So’s the industry.
Prepaid reloads will continue to be sold with the GST (Goods and Services Tax) added to the reload amount, according to industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Service providers are supportive of Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s call for more affordable broadband prices, according to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Dr Halim Shafie.
The review of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions Act 1998 (MCMCA 1998) and the Communications and Mulitmedia Act 1998 (CMA 1998) is expected to be completed by mid-year, and will be tabled in Parliament before the end of the year, said newly-appointed MCMC chairman Dr Halim Shafie.
Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia Ahmad Shabery Cheek needs to explain why he wants to separate the roles of MCMC chairman and CEO. Until he does, speculation will be flying and will only distract the new chairman, Dr Halim Shafie.
The telco industry is cautiously optimistic that second-time MCMC chairman Dr Halim Shafie can do a good job, provided he does not suffer too much interference from the politicians.
Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has officially announced the resignation of Dr Halim Shafie as chairman of its board, and said that Dr Sulaiman Mahbob has been appointed the new chairman effective Jan 12.