Sunday, June 29, 2008

Celcom to scrap SMS contest if there are elements of gambling

BANGI: Celcom Bhd will be asked to scrap its “Celcom 100 Days, 100 Cars” promotion if it is confirmed that elements of gambling are involved, said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.

He said the Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) views were being sought on the matter, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would also meet on the issue.

“We need to ascertain whether the contest is permissible under law, and if it is not just a tactic to cheat the people.

“Let the Commission hold its meeting, and if it is found that the contest is suitable then it can be continued. Otherwise, it has to cease,” he told reporters after visiting the Bandar Baru Bangi post office yesterday to check on cash rebates being paid to motorists.

Celcom has suspended the contest following a directive from the commission, which regulates the telecommunications industry.

The Commission also ordered Celcom to refund the RM5 charged per SMS sent to take part in the contest to all participants immediately.

It is not known how many people have participated in the contest, which began on June 2 and open to only Celcom cellular service subscribers. There are already 11 winners listed on Celcom’s website.

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