LANGKAWI – The Communication and Multimedia Ministry welcomes any interested individuals to become amateur radio operators, which is part of a new communications branch.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Jailani Johari said the use of amateur radio was important, especially in providing assistance in the event of emergencies or natural disasters in remote areas that did not have good telephone lines.
“Previously this amateur radio is a hobby. Amateur radio is normally used when in the remote areas even though we have cellular we are forced to use it to help.
“It will communicate information between us and those outside,” he told a media conference after officiating the second International Symposium on Telecommunication Technologies 2014 (ISTT 2014) here today.
The amateur radio is a radiocommunication service for self training, technical investigation and communication that is operated by amateurs for personal purposes without any monetary interests.
Jailani said any interested individuals needed to sit for the amateur radio examination prepared by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in order to become registered amateur radio operators.
Commenting on the symposium, he said it was the best platform to incorporate experts and scientists, especially in the communication technology field to discuss and improve the country’s telecommunication system.
“Conferences such as these can become the best platform for scientists and professionals from the academia, industry and government to share their research findings and knowledge for technology advancement,” he said.
Jailani said the ministry was happy because the symposium had allocated a special session, particularly for emergency communication for disaster management as well as smart grind and utility communication which were important matters in managing and addressing disasters.
A total of 200 participants from within and outside the country are attending the three-day symposium which began yesterday, gathering several well-known researchers, engineering and scientists from the telecommunication technology field world-wide. – BERNAMA