Friday July 21, 2006
Fewer public phones because of vandalism
THE number of public telephones has dropped from 126,870 in 2003 to 95,210 last year due to vandalism, among other factors, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.
Also, the public preferred to patronise warung telefon or use Internet phones, it said.
The daily said 61,784 public telephones were destroyed from 2003 to 2005.
Some of the destroyed telephones were replaced.
Quoting Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, the daily reported that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission introduced prepaid phone cards to replace coin phones.