Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a total of 50 compounds amounting to RM2.29 million this year to Telecommunications companies for the offense of false registration of prepaid SIM cards.
The compounds were issued to telecommunications companies in March, September and recently, early December 2015. In March and September, MCMC had issued a total of 25 compounds amounting to RM1.11 million. A total of 25 compounds amounting to RM1.18 million were issued early this month.
Breakdown of the compound value issued in December 2015:
- Tune Talk Sdn Bhd- RM350k
- Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd- RM300k
- Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd- RM130k
- Celcom Axiata Berhad- RM100k
- Maxis Mobile Services Sdn Bhd- RM100k
- XOX Com Sdn Bhd- RM100k
- Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd- RM50k
- Ceres Telekom Sdn Bhd- RM30k
- Altel Communications Sdn Bhd- RM20k
MCMC said the compound sum represents an increase of 89% compared with the amount of compounds issued in 2014.
Malaysia implemeted prepaid registration in the year 2006 for the purpose of national security and to prevent misuses however MCMC found the investigation of criminal cases were often not resolved due to false identity used to register a prepaid line.
MCMC urged telecommunications companies to take the necessary steps to prevent false prepaid registration via their agents and dealers.
A prepaid line could only be activated in Malaysia once it is registered. To register, the user needs to be at least 12 years old and are required to visit their service providers’ service center, authorized agent or dealers with identity card/passport for verification. Registration is free of charge.