KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said telecommunication systems in the flooded states are still functioning. Its Regional Coordinator Division chief, Mohd Hussin Ali said the telecommunications systems can function well although they can be unstable at times.

“Gua Musang, Kuala Krai and Tanah Merah (Kelantan) are experiencing disruption of internet and telephone services due to the worsening floods. We are striving to ensure that telecommunications systems can function properly, particularly in strategic places such as hospitals and relief centres,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Hussin said the MCMC and telecommunications companies had made early preparation for the floods by raising the platforms and shelves of transmitting equipment. They also provide support batteries that last for four to eight hours and install permanent generators with 30 kVA capacity or up to two to four days in all major transmitting sites.

“The MCMC and telecommunication providers also work with the National Security Council (MKN) and district offices to install portable generators in areas inaccessible by road and as back-up to generators when the fuel runs out. “We have been stockpiling petrol and diesel for use in generators. When the fuel runs out, we can get supplies from other locations but need to use boats as many areas are cut off by the floods.”

Hussin advised the consumers, especially those in the flooded states, to minimise the use of the telephone and internet to reduce line congestion. They were urged to use short message service (SMS) and make only important calls by telephone to save battery life and electricity.

Nation News

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