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Myanmar State Counsellor urges people to register SIM cards

Htoo Thant The Myanmar Times Tue, Feb 18, 2020

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged mobile users to register their SIM cards. Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing/The Myanmar Times

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged mobile phone users to register their SIM cards on Tuesday, saying honest people should not hide their identities. 

“If someone intends to hide his/her identity, we can guess that something is wrong with them. If one has done nothing wrong, one shouldn’t hesitate to follow the rules,” she said at the e-government conference in Nay Pyi Taw.

She said those who hide their identities could be propagating fake news and committing cybercrimes.

She also urged people to cooperate with the government’s automation effort. She said the government is implementing a system to inform and help the public with online security, and will issue electronic identification cards.

She urged people to translate technology into the Myanmar language so that people with little education can avail themselves of it and e-government services.

“It might be difficult but people will cooperate only if they understand and familiarise themselves with technology,” she said.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said it blocked 6.55 million unregistered SIM cards.

The ministry added it fined the four major telecom operators in the country US$100,000 each for failing to register SIM cards.

The country has over 50 million mobile phone users, of whom 30 percent are registered, said Mytel Myanmar external relations chief officer U Zaw Min Oo.

SIM cards are easily available, and many people commit crimes using unregistered cards. The government has limited SIM card ownership to two per person from each operator. – Translated

From: THE MYANMAR TIMES, MYANMAR  Tue, February 18, 2020

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