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Users, radio communication providers told to strictly follow regulations

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SEMPORNA: Users and suppliers of radio communications for maritime services and private radio networks have been told to strictly comply with the requlations and standards stipulated by the relevant authorities.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) director for Sabah and Labuan, Bukhari Yahya said it was mandatory for them to adhere to stated procedures set by the agency under the Information Communication and Culture Ministry, to avoid problems to users and disruption to others.

“Radio frequencies have been given to users, especially for private networks. Fishermen have their own frequencies and we want them to use licensed radio sets.

“Don’t use radio sets which we don’t know their origin merely for communication,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on the Maritime Frequency Application Awareness and Private Network, which was attended by fishermen and tour operators, here yesterday.

Bukhari acknowledged that some consumers used illegal radio communcations and this practice should be stopped because it would also create problems to other users.

“What we want to emphasise here is the interruption caused to other services because the radio frequency is limited. We have done research before allowing anybody to use a specific frequency,” he said.

According to Bukhari, whenever there was an interruption, it could cause serious problems because calls or signals sent out might not reach the target or could be accessed by others.

On the seminar, Bukhari said this was a firt time the event was being held in Sabah and later, it would be organised in Tawau and Kota Kinabalu. — Bernama