October 04, 2008 19:54 PM
Malaysia-Singapore Agree On Lower Roaming Charges For Mobile Phones
SEREMBAN, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Singapore have agreed on lower mobile phone roaming charges to encourage communication between the people of both countries.
The Minister for Energy, Water and Communications, Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the agreement was reached at a meeting between him and Singapore's Minister for Information,Communications and the Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang in Bali, Indonesia recently.
"At the meeting I asked for the roaming charges to be reduced and he agreed.
"As of now, the charges are quite high when you use the mobile phone to call Singapore," he told reporters when met at the Hari raya open house hosted by Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan in Kampung Tanjung, Rantau.
"This move will certainly benefit Malaysians working in Singapore and Singaporeans frequently visiting Malaysia," he added.
Shaziman also stated that he had asked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to begin discussions on the matter with the Singapore agency responsible for telecommunications.
According to Shaziman, he had informed local telecommunications companies of the agreement and they had expressed strong support.
He also hoped the lower charges could be implemented at the soonest or by early next year.