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KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): The news has turned from bad to worse for 30 businessmen who last month claimed they had lost large sums of money in seeking to be dealers for an internet service company despite promised refunds by the company.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in a statement to the New Straits Times, said the company’s licence had expired in October 2008.

“To date, no new licence has been registered under the name of the company in question.

“If members of the public are in doubt about a company’s licensing status under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 or have complaints that a company may have contravened the act, they are advised to contact MCMC,” the statement stated.

Last month, the dealers, from various parts of the country, said they had spent an average of RM100,000 in membership fees, deposits for software or hardware products as well as costs to set up offices to be part of the company, which has yet to commence operations.

The deposits for membership fees and software and hardware alone came up to RM65,000.

Launched in January last year, the company was to supply portable Internet protocol, Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband services.

The dealers are now in the dark as they could not get in touch with the company.

Some of the cheques that were sent to them as reimbursements, have bounced.

One of the dealers claimed he had written to the company’s chief executive officer in September saying that he wanted to pull out of the business venture and the latter had agreed to reimburse them in a month.

However, in October, they were told that the refunds would be disbursed only in November.

Since then, the office in Kelana Jaya had closed and the chief executive officer could not be contacted.

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 Khairulnizam Ishak, 31, says they cannot get in touch with the company or its officers to get refunds

Khairulnizam Ishak, 31, says they cannot get in touch with the company or its officers to get refunds

KUALA TERENGGANU: Thirty Internet service provider dealers yesterday claimed they had lost large sums of money and had been left in the dark over promised refunds by their company.

The dealers, who are from various parts of the country, said they had spent over RM100,000 on average in membership fees, deposits for software and hardware products.

They also incurred costs in setting up office for the company, which has yet to commence operations.

The deposits for memberships fees, software and hardware alone came up to RM65,000.

Launched in January last year, the company was formed to supply portable Internet protocol, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband services.
The dealers said they could not get in touch with the company, while some of the cheques sent to several of them have not been honoured.

“We have reached a dead end. Even the chief executive officer is not answering his phone.

“We want an explanation and for the company to pay our losses.

“Most of us used our own savings, while some had mortgaged their land. And now we are like bankrupts,” Khairulnizam Ishak said after lodging a police report at the Kuala Terengganu police station.

The report was lodged in Terengganu as the recruiting office was in Dungun.

The jobless 31-year-old from Ipoh, who quit his job as a technician to be a full-time dealer, said he had hoped this new venture would lead to a better life, as most of the participants were from the lower-income group.

He said he had written to the CEO of the company in September to pull out of the venture who agreed to reimburse them in a month.

But in October, they were told the refund would come in November. Since then the office in Kelana Jaya has closed and the CEO cannot be contacted.

“Hopefully, they will get in touch with us. Otherwise, we will have to bring this matter to court,” he said.

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KUALA TERENGGANU (Berita Harian): Seramai 30 wakil pengedar sebuah syarikat pembekal aplikasi perkhidmatan (ASP) membuat laporan polis kerana mendakwa ditipu kerana masih belum menerima perkakasan dan perisian dijanjikan biarpun selepas lebih setahun membuat pelaburan besar untuk menjadi ejen.

Wakil pengedar berkenaan, mendakwa masing-masing sudah melabur lebih RM100,000 merangkumi bayaran yuran keahlian, deposit pembelian perisian dan perkakasan serta kos mengubahsuai premis untuk menjadi ejen kepada SOAK Technologies Sdn Bhd, syarikat ASP yang kini masih belum beroperasi.

Pelaburan mereka merangkumi RM5,000 untuk yuran keahlian, RM10,000 untuk peralatan dan RM50,000 untuk aplikasi program, manakala pengubahsuaian pejabat mengikut keperluan masing-masing.

SOAK Technologies ketika dilancarkan pada 18 Januari 2008, adalah syarikat ASP terbaru di Malaysia yang memasarkan produk protokol internet (IP) jalur lebar mudah alih berteknologi tinggi.

, panggilan suara menerusi IP (VoIP) dan muat turun data berpandukan sistem dengan kelajuan hingga 2.3 gigahertz (GHz).

Bagaimanapun, sehingga kini mereka buntu kerana tidak dapat berhubung dengan pihak pengurusan SOAK Technologies sementara cek pemulangan wang yuran keahlian yang dihantar syarikat itu kepada beberapa wakil pengedar berkenaan tidak dapat ditunaikan.

Seorang wakil pengedar, Khairulnizam Ishak, berkata mereka mengesyaki ada sesuatu yang tidak kena apabila tidak dapat menghubungi lagi syarikat itu.

“Kami mahu penjelasan dan mereka memulangkan semua wang kami. Sebahagian besar kami kehilangan wang simpanan untuk dijadikan modal perniagaan ini, malah ada antara kami yang mencagarkan tanah bagi mendapatkan pinjaman. Berikutan kegagalan syarikat beroperasi, kami mungkin muflis,” katanya selepas membuat laporan di balai polis Kuala Terengganu, di sini, semalam.

Khairulnizam, 31, berkata laporan polis dibuat di Terengganu kerana pejabat operasi syarikat untuk melantik ejen berpangkalan di Dungun.

Bekas juruteknik dari Ipoh, Perak itu berkata, dia berhenti kerja dan melabur wang simpanan untuk menjadi ejen syarikat itu dan terbabit dalam bidang perniagaan berasaskan IT dan teknologi yang semakin mendapat perhatian rakyat seiring dengan perkembangan semasa.

Beliau mendakwa sudah menghubungi Ketua Eksekutif SOAK Technologies, Norhisham Mohamad Noor pada September 2008 untuk membatalkan perjanjian sebagai ejen kerana syarikat itu tidak beroperasi dan beliau bersetuju memulangkan deposit berkenaan dalam tempoh sebulan.

Bagaimanapun, sebulan kemudian, mereka mendakwa dihubungi syarikat dan dimaklumkan pemulangan deposit hanya akan dibuat pada November. Hingga kini pejabat syarikat itu di Kelana Jaya, Selangor sudah ditutup dan Norhisham juga tidak dapat dihubungi.

Ketika SOAK Technologies dilancarkan Januari tahun lalu oleh Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Kewangan, Datuk Seri Hilmi Yahaya yang mewakili Menteri Kewangan Kedua, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, syarikat itu dilaporkan akan melabur RM200 juta bagi mengeluarkan produk jalur lebar mudah alih berteknologi tinggi.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 (Bernama) — Services application provider, SOAK Technologies Sdn Bhd will invest RM200 million over three years to establish a high speed broadband access network to meet the demands of present day customers.

Its chief executive officer, Norhisham Mohamad Noor said SOAK planned to offer sophisticated telecommunication services that met the demands of customers whose priority was fast and beyond border communications.

“Our vision is to built a broadband access that is safe and can be relied on based on a 2.3 gigahertz spectrum in collaboration with foreign and local partners to maximise infrastructure capacity and current partnership,” he told reporters after the launch of SOAK’s brand here today.

Norhisham said as a supplier of network applications, SOAK will provide additional services such as Internet Protocol (IP) telephony services, IP management, virtual private network and information communiation application services.

He said SOAK’s target markets including residential homes, business premises and mobile customers were expected to boost the company’s prospects and income in the next few years.

SOAK Technologies, which received its service provider license last year, was established by Datuk Syed Omar Abdul Kadir, a member of the Terengganu Islamic Religious Council committee.

— BERNAMA

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