MCMC raids 2 places over non-certified communications tools

PETALING JAYA: Those buying cordless phones, UHF television antennas, digital TV decoders and Android TV boxes online and at retail outlets risk running foul of the law.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) head of the Enforcement Division Shafie Harun, in a statement today, said raids were carried out at various places recently after MCMC received complaints from the public about individuals using such equipment.

Shafie said the raids were carried out recently with the police in Butterworth and Ampang (Selangor) to curb the usage of non-certified communications equipment, Bernama reported.

“During the raids, communications equipment, such as a cordless phone (bought on an online platform) and UHF television antenna, were seized.”

Shafie said these cases were currently being investigated under the Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000, which carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both if found guilty.

He said between 2018 and April 2019, 23 charges were filed under the same provision for using non-certified communication equipment, with total fines amounting to RM165,000.

Shafie urged the public to be vigilant when buying communication equipment that are not certified online and at retail outlets.

He advised the public to only buy and use equipment that carried the MCMC certification to avoid interference with communication services.

Users can check the status of products by using the Check Your Label mobile app or via online at https://ecomm.sirim.my.