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Making sure devices genuine and safe

PETALING JAYA — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has embarked on a “Check Your Label” campaign to educate the public on the safe usage of communication devices and to avoid being cheated.

Working in collaboration with SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd to conduct market surveillance, it has found more than 40 per cent of communication devices in Malaysia do not have the MCMC certification label.

“The mandatory certification label is to indicate the device has met the Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000,” MCMC senior director Aisharuddin Nuruddin said.

Under the regulations, all communication devices must be certified and labelled accordingly.

“Once the certification and label are done, any modification to the device is also wrong, which may lead to frequency interference to other electronic devices and communication networks,” he said, adding the types of communication devices include telephones, facsimiles, computers, laptops, walkie-talkies, wireless devices and also digital or satellite television receivers.

Aisharuddin said devices without the MCMC label could be counterfeit, cloned or illegal to use and could endanger the users as it could cause electrocution, fire and electromagnetic radiation, which may exceed the safe exposure limits specified by the international standards.

He also cautioned non-certified devices may not be compatible for use with the local communication networks.

Beginning June last year, there are two methods to demonstrate if a communication device is approved by MCMC — the e-label and the physical label.

The e-label is stored in the device firmware and the physical label is embossed, engraved or printed on the casing of the device.

“The public may also download the Check Your Label application via Google Play or Apple App Store and key in the IMEI or serial number of the device to check if it is approved by the commission,” he said.