Telecommunications Reforms in Malaysia

20 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2003

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Cassey Lee

University of Malaya - Faculty of Economics and Administration


The article examines the range and scope of physical and structural changes that have taken place in the telecommunications sector in Malaysia in the past 15 years. It reviews the main policy reforms that have shaped the sector, including corporatization and privatization, and liberalization in fixed line and cellular services. The article documents the increase in competition, particularly in the cellular phone service market. Major regulatory reforms were introduced in the 1990s with the passage of the Communications and Multimedia Act and the establishment of the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission. The key principles for regulating the sector are reviewed, including those directed towards economic regulation and consumer protection. With the absence of a formal competition law in Malaysia, the onus for addressing competition issues in the telecommunications sector rests with the sectoral regulator.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Cassey, Telecommunications Reforms in Malaysia. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 73, pp. 521-540, 2002. Available at SSRN:

Cassey Lee (Contact Author)

University of Malaya - Faculty of Economics and Administration ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
50603 Kuala Lumpur

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