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Last Laugh! Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill; and Not SBC, Either.

Marcus Didius Falco (
Sun, 16 Apr 2006 03:50:27 -0400

Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill
Apr 10 3:08 PM US/Eastern


A Malaysian man said he nearly fainted when he recieved a $218
trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face
prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday.

Yahaya Wahab said he disconnected his late father's phone line in
January after he died and settled the 84 ringgit ($23) bill, the New
Straits Times reported.

But Telekom Malaysia later sent him a 806,400,000,000,000.01 ringgit
($218 trillion) bill for recent telephone calls along with orders to
settle within 10 days or face legal proceedings, the newspaper

It wasn't clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya's
father's phone line was used illegally after after his death.

"If the company wants to seek legal action as mentioned in the letter,
I'm ready to face it," the paper quoted Yahaya as saying. "In fact, I
can't wait to face it," he said.

Yahaya, from northern Kedah state, received a notice from the
company's debt-collection agency in early April, the paper
said. Yahaya said he nearly fainted when he saw the new bill.

Government-linked Telekom Malaysia Bhd. is the country's largest
telecommunications company.

A company official, who declined to be identified as she was not
authorized to speak to the media, said Telekom Malaysia was aware of
Yahaya's case and would address it. She did not provide further

Copyright 2006 Britebart.

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