Friday, 17 January 2014 08:39
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Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) urged the government today to end the monopoly of pay TV operator Astro for providing shoddy entertainment at overpriced subscription rates.
Five members of the NGO formed a ‘Bantah Astro’ group and submitted a memorandum to the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
They were received outside Parliament House by MPs from the opposition.
“The monopoly of Astro only benefits government cronies at the people’s expense. The worst is that, its services are very poor.
“By right, the government shouldn’t let Astro raise its fees as and when it fancies, ” SAMM spokesperson Khairool Anuar Al-Megat said.
In the memorandum, SAMM noted that it had protested against Astro’s last subscription increase, which was implemented on Nov 24.
SAMM also questioned why Malaysia must have only one exclusive pay-TV provider, citing that India has six operators and Australia has three.
Astro has informed subscribers that it will charge an additional RM2 for the Family Pack and RM6 more for the Sports Pack.
With effect from Nov 24, the Family Pack will be priced at RM39.95 and the Sports Pack at RM82.95.
WHILE THE PLANNED INCREASES ARE NOT QUITE ASTRONOMICAL, ARE THEY JUSTIFIED?
The quality of broadcast has still not improved, as reception is disrupted during thunderstorms. At the same time, programmes are constantly repeated.
“Astro recently announced that they made a profit of RM2.3 billion and now they want the people to pay more?”
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Stop price hike for sports and family channels, Astro told
Jingga 13 Malaysia warns Astro that they will organise a nationwide boycott if the company proceeds with price increases.
KUALA LUMPUR: Jingga 13 Malaysia an organization closely linked to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has urged Astro to call off its plans to increase the monthly rates for their sports and family channels to be effective Nov 24.
The pro Pakatan Rakyat group slammed the private broadcast TV satellite company for taking advantage to increase the price of its channels without considering the burden to be endured by their customers.
“We demand Astro not to implement these two new charges where each household will have to pay an additional two ringgit for the family channels and six ringgit for sports channels.”
“Astro has been monopolizing the pay per view television channels in this country for many years. Now they want to double their profits without considering the hardship of the rakyat.”
“This is not right and Astro must not increase its charges,” said Jingga 13 secretary DK Vicknesvaran .
The government’s approval of a fee hike by pay television service Astro reveals that it is unconcerned about the rising cost of living, according to NGO Jingga 13.
Its secretary DK Vicknesvaran said the increase comes at a time when people are already burdened by the impact of reduction or removal of subsidies on petrol and sugar, and proposed 12-year limit on the life span of cars on the road.
“We call on Astro to cancel the fee hike … We want Astro and the Information, Communication and Multimedia Ministry, which approved it, to (understand) the suffering of the people,” he said.