Wong: SMA to complement MCMC

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

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KUCHING, Nov 8: International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) does not encroach into the jurisdiction of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) but it complements the latter.

He said SMA is established pursuant to the power to incorporate authorities and other bodies set up by state law provided for under Article 95B of the Federal Constitution which states that for Sabah and Sarawak, Item 14 of List IIA in the Ninth Schedule shall be deemed to form part of the State List.

“SMA is to spearhead the state’s digital economy including the development of digital infrastructure, cyber security, talent development, e-commerce, research and development in digital technology, digital innovation and entrepreneurship and digital government in the State.”

“SMA is a one-stop centre for communication and multimedia activities in the state in accordance with this Ordinance and other related state laws. For example, SMA will play the role of a State Planning Authority in so far as the structure, communications tower on any land or building and any other incidental works, including laying of cables, for purposes of communication and multimedia activities in the state. (See: Clause 10 (d).”

He said MCMC on the other hand is still the authority in so far as licensing and regulating the communication and multimedia industry in Malaysia.

Wong said this during the second reading of the SMA 2017 Bill which he tabled in the State Legislative Assembly sitting today.

He said the bill clearly states that SMA is not to regulate telecommunication activities which is clearly a federal function.

“During our engagement with MCMC, they were happy that we were going to set up this authority.

“With the setting up of this authority they can liaise directly with us on matters relating to communication.”

Wong who is Bawang Assan assemblyman stressed that SMA did not seek to duplicate the function of MCMC but to complement the latter. — DayakDaily