The Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association’s advisory council chairman Tunku Azwil Tunku Abdul Razak says Astro is profiteering
KUALA LUMPUR 2011/06/27: The Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM) yesterday urged Astro subscribers to boycott the satellite television operator for putting profit ahead of its subscribers.
Its advisory council chairman, Tunku Azwil Tunku Abdul Razak, questioned whether consumers' needs were considered when Astro announced the revision of subscription rates effective July 11.
"We are disappointed that Astro has decided to raise the rates despite appeals from the public."
He said Astro's decision went against the government's motto of putting the people first. PPIM and other non-governmental organisations are asking consumers not to pay their Astro bills for the next three months and to boycott products and services of companies advertising on Astro.
They are also appealing to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism and Information, Communication and Culture ministries to take action to protect consumers' rights with relevant acts such as the Consumer Protection Act 1999. Tunku Azwil claimed that up to three million consumers supported the boycott.