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Equity participation in DNB in the final stage, says Annuar



PUTRAJAYA: Participation in the Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) equity offering is now in its final stage with four service providers taking part, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

They are Celcom Axiata Bhd, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

“The talks with the four companies went smoothly and the access agreement is expected to be finalized and signed by September 30,” it said in a statement on the development of the 5G rollout in Malaysia.

Established in March 2021, DNB is a special purpose vehicle company owned by the Ministry of Finance and regulated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

It was established as a provider and facilitator of 5G services for the country.

Annuar said that to facilitate the shareholding process, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and MCMC will update various license conditions for DNB, in particular those related to ownership of the company.

“This is because the structure of the company is no longer 100% owned by the government, but most of the shares will be owned by various telecommunications companies that agree to be part of the venture.

“As shareholders and investors, of course they deserve to consider terms that are compelling and that guarantee the viability of the company in the future,” he said.

Annuar said that the government’s efforts to speed up the deployment of 5G infrastructure have shown positive results after almost a year of development of a single wholesale network (SWN) by DNB.

It said more than 2,100 5G sites have been operating, and as of August this year, 5G coverage reached 33% in populated areas in eight states, as well as the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“The 36% coverage target is expected to be achieved by the end of 2022 and increases our confidence that the 80% coverage target in populated areas by the end of 2024 can be achieved,” he said.

Annuar said that the government, under the Malaysia Digital (MyDigital) initiative, has decided that the 5G rollout should be through SWN and developed by DNB, adding that his ministry fully supports the policy.

He said that MCMC granted DNB the relevant licenses for a period of 10 years until 2031, and assigned specific 5G spectrum bands that have been identified, and only the specified spectrum is allowed for commercial 5G services by service providers.

Facing the challenges of 5G implementation, he said that the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia through MCMC and DNB had actively held engagement sessions with state authorities, local governments and relevant stakeholders.

“Through these sessions, basic issues have been addressed immediately and the implementation of the network has been simplified,” he said.

On 5G retail services offered by telcos, Annuar said that so far, YTL Communications with the YES service has been ahead of other companies in offering business services to consumers.

Celcom, on the other hand, through its Friendly User Trial program, has started to open up 5G access to its selected users to test 5G services, it said, adding that this too was a positive development.

“We hope that companies that intend to offer 5G retail services can speed up their plans and actions,” he said. – Bernama

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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’



PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.

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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin



PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.

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Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation



KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .

Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.

Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).

The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.

The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.

Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values ​​and a broader reform agenda for the administration.

It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.

The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.

As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.

Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama

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