The Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission will look into the issue of illegal telco towers being constructed. Deputy Communications And Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari, said that the MCMC will not compromise with any telco found guilty of constructing towers without authorisation.
The issue first appeared after both the Perak and Penang governments declared that they would begin work on demolishing illegal telco towers in the states. Perak itself said that there were at least 2,800 of these towers operating within it jurisdiction. Jailani backed this up by saying that the MCMC only had records of about 1,500 telco towers in Perak.
Construction of telco towers requires permits from both the MCMC and the local governments before being allowed to go forward. The towers also require telcos to pay the state governments annual fees to continue operating the towers, which apparently has not been happening. A situation that Perak claims has cost the state RM20 million each year.
While the current issue only involves Perak and Penang, the MCMC has said that it will investigate the situation across Malaysia.