KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are in search of to fulfill Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to ask that international vessels be allowed to restore undersea cables within the nation’s waters, a Google spokesperson mentioned on Saturday.
The tech giants despatched a letter on Wednesday to the workplace of the new premier talk about the nation’s “cabotage” coverage, in search of the reinstatement of an exemption revoked final 12 months underneath the earlier authorities, mentioned the spokesperson for Alphabet Inc’s Google.
The outreach effort is being led by the nationwide web trade physique, Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX), he mentioned.
Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc and MyIX didn’t instantly reply to Reuters queries on the letter. Nor did the Prime Minister’s Office or the Transport Ministry.
The ministry final November overturned https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-technology-cables-idUSKBN28416D the exemption, granted in 2019, permitting non-Malaysian ships to hold out repairs to submarine cables within the nation’s waters. The tech giants additionally wrote to then-premier Muhyiddin Yassin in search of to reinstate the waiver.
Ismail Sabri took over https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysias-king-expected-name-new-pm-after-rulers-meet-2021-08-20 as prime minister two weeks in the past after Muhyiddin misplaced his parliamentary majority.
The tech group mentioned it was “very involved” about final 12 months’s determination.
“This exemption had ensured that submarine cable restore works could possibly be carried out effectively inside a short while body, thus minimising the period and financial impression of cable disruptions,” their letter mentioned, in accordance with The Edge.
(Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by William Mallard)
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