Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi’s contract has ended and not renewed for another term, according to a local news report.
TheMalaysianInsider reported that the chairman’s two year contract ended on December 31 and sources say the Chief Executive of Services and Support Tengku Zaib Raja Ahmad is now the acting chairman pending a decision.
The news portal also reported that Dr Mazlan Ismail could be the new successor.
MalaysianWireless learned that the Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek sent a “Thank You” letter on December 23 to Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, thanking him for his service.
Not much is known about Dr Mazlan Ismail, an “Umno man” who had contested for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He holds a degree in Communications Electronics from Salford University in the UK and has a Masters in Operational Telecom from Coventry University and had obtained a PhD from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia under a TM scholarship. He has served with Telekom Malaysia (TM) since 1983, with his last position as general manager, according to TheMalaysianInsider.
Sources that spoke to MalaysianWireless said that Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, the newly appointed CEO of MDeC is being considered by the Government as well. Dato’ Yasmin’s career prior to joining MDeC includes; Executive Director of YTL e-Solutions Bhd, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Regional Manager of Dell Asia Pacific and General Manager of HP Sales Malaysia.
However, there might not be a replacement at all as a source told MalaysianWireless that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak might consider Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi for a “re-appointment”.
There are no official announcement at the time of writing.
Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi was appointed as Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) effective 16 October 2011. He served as a Member of the Commission from 1 May 2006 for two terms during which time he was subsequently invited to join the MCMC as Chief Operating Officer on 16 June 2008.
In the international arena, Dato’ Mohamed Sharil is recognised as an authority in the area of Internet Governance where he was appointed as Chairman of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) from January 2003 to March 2007, as well as a Board Member in the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) during the same period.
He worked with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the areas of capacity building and helping countries undergo regulatory reform in preparation for globalization. He was one of Malaysia’s lead negotiators for the telecoms sector in various rounds of WTO negotiations as well was the various Trade or Economic Cooperation agreements that Malaysia has had, namely Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
He was also elected as the Vice Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council’s Child Online Protection initiative, an initiative to address the ills of cyberspace particularly against young persons and children.
Dato’ Mohamed Sharil sits on the Board of Trustee of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and qualified as a Barrister from Gray’s Inn, England and Wales (UK).