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Two Sarawak companies might be fined for damaging fibre cables

Two Sarawak-based companies might be fined by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) if they are found guilty of damaging fibre optic cables.

According to a news article by The Borneo Post, the companies were allegedly to have damaged Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) network facilities, specifically 48 Core underground fibre optic cables.

The damage allegedly occurred at seven locations in Sri Aman during construction works on the Pan Borneo Highway.

The local daily quoted a source from MCMC which cited that the case will be mentioned at a Sri Aman Sessions Court on January 19, 2022, with both companies charged under Section 235 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998.

No particular company was named by the news report.

According to Section 235 of the CMA 1988, shall the companies be found guilty, they could face a fine of up to RM300,000 or a maximum jail penalty of three years, or both upon conviction.