Monday, September 12, 2011

Where is the Minister?

It needs a deputy minister to issue a reminder to the telcos - seek approval first before imposing whatever new charges to consumers.

I am not questioning or disputing anything BUT in boiling issues like this, the minister himself should attend to it. When a ministry regulates certain policies, it has to keep it firm, and the minister in charge must ensure that every party adheres to it.

But in this telcos issue, it was the deputy minister who broke the one week silence. The 6 per cent additional charges on prepaid charges was already taking center stage and journos and bloggers alike have written a lot about it. Where was the minister?

Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said Sunday telcos could not raise the service tax at short notice as it would burden consumers (here).

However, I believe Maxis, Celcom, Digi and others will proceed with the plan to impose the six per cent service tax on all prepaid sales as planned starting next Thursday. Whether the consumers are against it, they got no choice. If they don't like it, stop using prepaid.

I am not belittling minister Rais Yatim but in issues like this, he should come forward and clear the air. Even the MCMC which is under his jurisdiction, was tight lip about it although it regulates the telcos from A to Z.

The MCMC too has yet to comment on allegations that Maxis personnel have been leaking customers private calls and SMS to auditing company PriceWaterhouseCoopers. While the minister himself was aware of it, no directive was issued to start investigation.

Or... the telcos are so BIG and powerful that even ministers cannot interfere in their decisions?

8 comments:

mat gombau said...

mak oi. subuh2 lagi kau dah cuit tok rais. takpolah. dio ok. agak eh dio terlampau sibuk maso ni. sobab tu dio bagi deputy dio cakap. deputy dio pun macam orang tak begapo kona jo. sian gak.

hehehehe..... boto tak den cakap ni?

red sky said...

had rais interfered earlier, the telcos would not implement the decision this coming thursday.

but it looks like consumers will be forced to bear the burden.

what is the name of this ministry? information or culture?

Anonymous said...

good for the deputy minister... and good for the minister too as this will be his last term in office.

billy the kid said...

u know why rais didnt say anything?

because he............


because he.......

because he........

just fill in the blanks!

ram si taram said...

banyak sangat berpolitik sampai lupa tugas sebenar....

inilah penyakit kebanyakan pak menteri kita.

Ryzal72 said...

Bro, Do u realized that he also failed in managing ASTRO issue. (Kenaikan kadar bayaran ASTRO). Even though he said that cabinet not agree and government want it to stop but as we realized ASTRO TELAH TETAP MENAIKKAN KADARNYA. Orang kg yang hanya membayar kadar basic sebelumnya 60++ telah dikehendaki secara paksa rela membayar RM 80++.
So what is RAIS na his ministry do?. Do they monitor this thing?. Dia kata rakyat boleh sue ASTRO….but then believe me rakyat wont sue ASTRO but they will sue government in the next GE. So he must be responsible his weaken.

Anonymous said...

Even Astro got to raise their fees irregardless of the government saying them they cant do so; and no action has been taken. So the telcos will certainly do the same.

C Subra said...

Why the BN ministers and government KOWTAW to Astro. The Astro TIDAK PEDULI with BN ministers warnings NOT to increase the existing charges. Astro has gone ahead with the increased charges for the last 2 months.Astro dah JOLOK the BN ministers kot ??????. Tiada dengar suara pun!!!!!!!!!