Tech giants turn to Muhyiddin after Wee's 'abrupt' move

Modified 27 Nov 2020, 6:52 am

Tech giants, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook, have turned to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for intervention over a decision by Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong, which they say will hamper Malaysia's internet infrastructure.

Wee, had on Nov 13, signed a federal gazette revoking the cabotage exemption to foreign ships involved in the repair of submarine cables, which connects Malaysia to the global internet network.

The exemption helped speed up repairs of submarine cables that are damaged from time to time, causing internet disruption in the country.

Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX), in a memorandum to Muhyiddin dated Nov 20, said Wee's decision would have adverse impact on Malaysia's economy...

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