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AsiaBizTech: Malaysia Orders Cybercafes to Register Users

Dec 31, 1998, 02:55 (2 Talkback[s])

All cybercafes must register their customers or have their permits revoked.

"Of late, there have been numerous cases of cybercafes being abused by unscrupulous people to spread malicious lies about the country via the Internet. We want to exercise tighter control and supervision over the activities in cybercafes, which is a new phenomenon in the country," said Housing and Local Government Minister Ting Chew Peh.

"He added that cybercafe operators must produce the record books on request by police and local authorities, and random checks would be carried out to assure compliance."

"The move is part of a series of developments by the Malaysian government in recent times that appears in conflict with its guarantee of freedom of information on the Internet."

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