Minister confirms resignation of MCMC top officers

Ministry currently identifying candidates to replace the 4 officers

by TMR / pic by AFIF ABD HALIM

Tan Sri Dr Halim Shafie has vacated his position as chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), along with several top officers, as confirmed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (picture).

Gobind said the ministry has received the letters of resignation from four top officials on Monday, including from MCMC COO Datuk Dr Mazlan Ismail.

“Yes, I can confirm that four of them have resigned, including chairman Halim and COO Mazlan,” Gobind told reporters at the ministry’s Hari Raya open house in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He declined to comment further on the other two names, saying that he would issue a statement on the matter today. The ministry, he added, is currently identifying the candidates to replace the four officers.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) yesterday reported that a few high-ranking officers were expected to relinquish their positions.

Apart from Halim, there are seven members on MCMC’s board — two represent the government while the rest represent non-governmental organisations.

“The top officials have been asked to take responsibility over the various data breaches cases in the country since last year, besides inefficiency in handling the matter.

“Heads are expected to roll. The new minister is certainly not happy with MCMC,” said a reliable source.

In a recent exclusive interview with TMR, Gobind said MCMC had been ineffective in dealing with various data breaches and cyber attacks in the country, including the BOTS (Internet robot) attack on polling day on May 9, 2018.

He said since March this year, three separate data breach incidents were reported and not handled well by MCMC. — TMR