A media and communications expert has urged Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil to concentrate on bigger issues in his ministry following his remarks on the resale of tickets for a Coldplay concert to be held later this year.
Speaking to MalaysiaNow, Abd Aziz Aizam cited basic communication and digital needs such as broadband coverage and postal services, as well as personal data issues which he said should be given priority.
Aziz, a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara, said Fahmi should also be mindful of his position as a minister, which carried with it greater responsibilities.
"He must realise that he is no longer an opposition politician," he said.
"He is a minister now, and the minister for communications. He needs to be careful about issuing statements as anything he says will be considered an important matter."
Fahmi said earlier today that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had been instructed to act on advertisements for the resale of tickets for the Coldplay concert, scheduled for Nov 22.
This followed reports of tickets being resold for up to RM43,200.
Aziz said Fahmi should differentiate between the needs of the people in general and those of only a few parties.
"The people can judge for themselves how serious a leader is about carrying out his responsibilities and understanding the scope of his work," he said.