Pejuang wants Putrajaya to explain 5G boss’ cases in India, Indonesia

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Pejuang wants the government to explain if the chief of its 5G network rollout entity faces any criminal actions abroad.

The party’s pro-tem economic bureau chief Armin Baniaz Pahamin said there have been media reports Digital Nasional Bhd chief Augustus Ralph Marshall faced criminal charges in Indonesia, and India, as well as an arrest warrant in India.

Marshall was appointed chief executive officer of DNB, the government’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) to oversee the rollout of the 5G network in the country, on March 1.

“The DNB CEO holds great responsibility as he will be overseeing the deployment of 5G infrastructure nationwide and to ensure that vendors are fairly and professionally selected, funds are effectively utilised within budget and deliverables completed on time.

“Pejuang urges the government to clarify Augustus Ralph Marshall’s charges or pending court cases (if any) that have been alleged against him in India by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Indonesia and in any other countries,” said Armin in a statement.

He said the Finance Ministry had said on March 1 that DNB will be managed with “appropriate governance framework and global best practices” among others.

“We urge the ministry to start upholding transparency by showcasing the credibility and integrity of the appointee in question.”

He said the idea of a government-owned telecommunications infrastructure company was first mooted in 2017 by the Barisan Nasional government with Marshall also appointed as a board member of Broadnet Sdn Bhd – a company that was tasked with building the country’s high-speed broadband network infrastructure.

The project was however scrapped by Pakatan Harapan in favour of a tender process through the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). Broadnet had relinquished its licenses to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in 2018. – TMI