Astro has already started billing subscribers with the new rates despite the many objections raised by subscribers and Parliament. Contradicting statements were made by various authorities leaving subscribers confused. Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has been inundated with calls from aggrieved subscribers.
Malaysians are gullible enough to be taken for a long ride by Astro, as the government has given Astro too much leeway. This has caused Malaysian TV viewers to be short-changed and at the same time snuffed out other operators from entering the market and providing better service. Such a phenomenon is only seen in Malaysia, with only one pay TV operator given exclusive licence for 20 years.
CAP is disturbed to learn that the Guinness Anchor Bhd (GAB) Foundation is providing 6 schools in Ijok and Kuala Selangor with new reading corners under its Supporting Malaysian Indian Learning Education and Sports (SMILES) programme.
Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a media report had stated that truancy and gangsterism among students can lead to very serious disciplinary problems and crime. Of late, cyber cafes are also mentioned as one of the contributors to negative behaviour among school children.
CAP views with concern the comments by the executive director, Ng Su Onn, that consumers wishing to buy liquor at 7-Eleven outlets may be required to show their identity cards. We do not expect any real enforcement of this ruling when none has been apparent before.