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Another U-turn as minister cancels 5G awards

Saifuddin has rescinded an order he was reported to have approved merely three weeks ago.

TheMole
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PUTRAJAYA — June 3, 2020: Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah has cancelled a decision made three weeks ago to award the 5G telecommunications spectrum to several companies.

The reasoning by Saifuddin is that he is doing so on legal and technical grounds as well as the need to go through a transparent process.

Singapore’s Straits Times reported that the May 15 decision, seemingly without an open tender, was signed off by Saifuddin. The decision was also unannounced.

Saifuddin however was silent on this point in his statement today.

One of the firms reported to have been given the award was Altel, linked to tycoon Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary.

According to Saifuddin, 18 instruments, including the directive and determination of the use of the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2600MHz band spectrum frequency, were presented to him.

“I have ordered the MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) chairman to cancel the order and review the instruments immediately,” said his statement.

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