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Compulsory Registration for Malaysian Prepaid Mobile Users

I’m using a prepaid mobile service myself, and frankly, I don’t find this issue of compulsory registration to be troublesome at all. Heck, most operators have some sort of “club” available for users of their prepaid service, and many people register for the perks or just for being part of some “community”. Being a member of the Hotlink Club, I know for a fact that my personal details are already known to my operator.

However, what I find disturbing is the main reason why the Malaysian government is suddenly very keen on prepaid mobile service user registration. While the “official” reason given is for “security”; ie. to avoid prepaid lines to be used as anonymous bomb triggers… many Malaysians know that the probable “real” reason is to stop, or more likely, reduce the number of SMS rumour-mongering that is becoming more popular in Malaysian politics. Understandable choice of action, ulterior motives.

However, what I do like about this move by the government, is that it could probably stem the usage of prepaid service by loan sharks, or more lovingly known as Ah Longs by the Malaysian public. The Ah Longs are known to operate using multiple mobile phone lines (and virtually all are prepaid lines) and using different pseudonyms which they publicise using “name cards” that their “promoters” place in our mailboxes or stick between our car’s windshield and wipers. I guess now we can really know whether Jacky, Ah Leong, Mr. Wong, Alfred and Kok Chen are really the same guy 🙂

It seems that this issue is so big, that even the BBC is covering it as well 😉

7 responses to “Compulsory Registration for Malaysian Prepaid Mobile Users”.

  1. mwt Says:

    This is an excercise in futility for the millions prepaid users. The crooks will by any means use false identification and get a number registered to defeat the purpose of this registration for security.

    Some means must be adopted to verify the details given like checking with the NRD for IC and the reply to the verification of addresses stated. But will the resellers undertake such measures to do a quick sale?

  2. HTNet Says:

    Of Prepaid Registrations and ISPs…

    This writeup from The Star focuses on two issues (ok, actually it focuses on Dr Lim Keng Yaik talking about these two issues, but what the heck):

    Prepaid SIM card registration
    Pushing ISPs to provide faster Internet access at affordable rates


  3. Prepaid phone cards Says:

    From the last decade it has been observed that some people used the prepaid mobile service for different illegal purposes. According to my point of view it is the major issue which the whole world especially the some third world countries are facing these days. In order to overcome the misuse of prepaid mobile service,it is necessary that every one must registered before getting the new connection which is a common practice in developed countries.

  4. Technological Marketings Says:

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    But in spite all these and many more advantages there are some draw backs of mobile phones, most of them are related to its misuse. Usage of cell during driving becomes much accidental for user even if he is using hand free. Unlimited use of mobile phone causes genetic diseases and even sometimes cancer of user. Due to over use, cell creates disturbance during work so it is prohibited in libraries, schools and even some times in colleges during class in many countries including U.S. There is restriction of mobile use in aircrafts and also in Japan in some rails during long journey it is prohibited as smoking.

  5. gattushashi Says:

    sir can i get registration address of sim b using phone number

  6. PrepaidMobile Says:

    You can normally buy a prepaid cellular phone for under one
    hundred dollars, even cheaper if you get one that has been
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    whole lot cheaper than paying a hefty deposit.

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  7. mohd nizam Says:

    sy mohon nak jd hotlink clup mcm mne caranya…tlg mail sy mcm mana cara ok…