‘Show IC when buy­ing pre­paid SIM’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

CYBERJAYA: Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies (tel­cos) which al­low their agents to sell pre­paid SIM cards with­out ask­ing for buy­ers’ iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards will face ac­tion.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Datuk Jailani Jo­hari said as com­pa­nies li­censed by the Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC), all tel­cos must com­ply with the terms and stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures (SOP).

He said they are re­quired to get a copy of a pur­chaser’s iden­tity card be­fore a trans­ac­tion is car­ried out.

“If a dealer or agent of a telco is found to sell pre­paid SIM cards with­out the pur­chaser fur­nish­ing his or her iden­tity card, ac­tion will cer­tainly be taken, not against the agent but the telco con­cerned,” he said when com­ment­ing on the al­le­ga­tion that there were syn­di­cates op­er­at­ing the busi­ness to make “easy money”.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 5km run in con­junc­tion with the World Stan­dards Day cel­e­bra­tion here yes­ter­day, Jailani said all tel­cos had been re­minded on the mat­ter and the ef­fects of al­low­ing their agents to breach the terms or SOP spec­i­fied.

He said, no ac­tion has been taken against tel­cos for such of­fences, but the MCMC al­ways mon­i­tored and an­a­lysed the sale of pre­paid SIM cards by agents con­cerned.

He said if there were cases of a breach of con­di­tions, er­rant telco com­pa­nies will be com­pounded.

Fines range from a min­i­mum of RM10,000 and can go up to a mil­lion ring­git. – Ber­nama

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