The Sun (Malaysia)

Close watch on prepaid card rebates

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KUCHING: The government will ensure mobile phone prepaid card retailers sell prepaid cards according to set prices from Jan 1 next year, said Communicat­ions and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari.

He said to ensure traders abide by the set prices, the Malaysian Communicat­ions and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Customs Department would be monitoring the situation. “Authorised prepaid card retailers should carry out their responsibi­lities as required, otherwise we will take the necessary action,” Jailani told reporters after opening the Sarawak Community Postmen Convention here yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak when tabling the 2016 Budget announced that consumers would get rebates equivalent to the amount of GST paid, which will be credited directly into their prepaid accounts from Jan 1 to Dec 31 next year.

On Oct 19, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said telecommun­ications companies have been given up to Oct 31 to ensure the price of prepaid cards for mobile phone return to pre-GST level. Communicat­ions and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said a system was being developed to effectivel­y implement rebates for mobile prepaid cards, which can be used to differenti­ate between local and foreign prepaid mobile phone users.

Salleh said the government had decided that only Malaysian users were entitled for the rebates. – Bernama

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