Mcmc Probes Free To Air Channel Awesome Tv
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is probing free-to-air channel Awesome TV over its report that claimed the government is planning to axe 800,000 civil servants.
According to the commission, it would open an investigation paper under Section 206 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (AKM) 1998 for failing to adhere to licensing conditions.
"Once the investigation paper is completed, it would be handed to the Attorney-General's Chambers for further action.
"If found guilty, the offender can be fined not more than RM100,000, jailed for two years, or both, under Section 242 (of the same act)," MCMC said in a statement today.
The announcement comes after the MCMC met the management of Awesome TV yesterday to seek an explanation regarding its report that the government is planning to axe 800,000 civil servants.
MCMC stressed that it took seriously complaints by users and is committed to improving the level of compliance by holders of Individual Content Application Service Provider (CASP-I) licences so that the content broadcast reflects the culture, identity, and norms of society, in accordance with AKM 1998 and Content Code.
All complaints examined
"Every complaint received will be examined based on the provisions of AKM 1998, the related regulations under it, and in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set.
"Among the procedures/processes of complaints made is calling the broadcasters against whom a complaint has been lodged to come forward to provide an explanation, to determine the form of enforcement action to be taken."
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi FadzilYesterday, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil revealed that Awesome TV has had six recorded offences to date.
One previous incident involving Awesome TV included a news report citing sources that claimed the government planned to bring in Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) experts as the current crop of civil servants was incompetent.
Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming refuted the report and defended the civil service. - Mkini
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