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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)'s northern region head Ismail Othman said the joint operation between the MCMC and the marine police was the first between the two bodies. — TRP pic by Adib Hakim
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GEORGE TOWN, July 31, 2015:
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is working to determine whether there is a syndicate that smuggles parabolic satellite dishes into the country after a group of fishermen were arrested recently for using illegal parabolic satellite dishes to get foreign channel transmissions.
The group of 11 were rounded up off the shores of Kuala Kurau, Perak in their homes with 11 parabolic satellite dishes on July 29 at about 9am.
“We’re still investigating if they had purchased it from a local syndicate and if it’s a foreign syndicate,” said MCMC’s northern region head Ismail Othman.
The fishermen, aged between 30 and 50 had allegedly said that they had bought the satellite dishes as it could receive transmission up to 100 channels.
According to Ismail, the joint operation between the MCMC and the marine police was the first between the two bodies.
“The operation was meant to stop certain quarters from using the dishes as it is considered illegal under Section 239 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
“If found guilty, they face a fine of not more than RM10,000 and two years in jail or both,” he told a press conference at the Batu Uban Marine Police headquarters here today.
He also added that most of those possessing these parabolic satellite dishes are foreigners who wish to receiving more channels from their home countries.
Among items that were seized were eight decoders, 12 units of low-noise block downconverter (LNB), seven remote controls and 10 parabolic satellite dishes totalling RM11,000.
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