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Current Cyber Laws in Malaysia

October 5th, 2007 · 29 Comments

Cyber laws in Malaysia - what if... 

In fact, compare to US, there are not many laws governing the cyberscape in Malaysia.

Since 1997, some of the cyber laws that have been passed by our Parliament include:

1. the Digital Signature Act 1997,

2. the Computer Crimes Act 1997,

3.  the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1997, (also read Copyright Act 1987)

4. the Telemedicine Act 1997,

5. the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,

6. the Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998, and

7. the Electronic Commerce Act 2006.

It was reported that the Government would introduce some new cyber laws  including: the Electronic Government Activities Bill and the Personal Data Protection Bill.

Tags: Malaysian Cyber Law

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 What are cyber crimes? // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:45 am

    [...] of cyber laws is a clear example of committing cyber crime in [...]

  • 2 watson // Apr 11, 2008 at 8:36 am

    what is malaysia cyber laws.

  • 3 Eddie Law // Apr 11, 2008 at 10:35 am

    watson -all the Acts stated above are cyber law in Malaysia.

  • 4 diyanakhazali // Apr 26, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    can u give me examples of decided Malaysian cases on Digital Signature Act 1997 and Computer Crimes Act 1997 ?

  • 5 Eddie Law // Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    diyanakhazali – sorry, I don’t have the relavant information.
    You may check up see if you can find any.

  • 6 SilentDog // May 26, 2008 at 1:50 am


    Is the PDF files above are the latest from the Malaysia government? Is there any updates on these cyber law? I am currently doing self reading on Malaysia cyber law.

    Thanks and regards,

  • 7 Eddie Law // May 28, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Hi SilentDog – I am not sure if there is any update to the statutes stated above. You may check with the relevant publishers.

  • 8 SilentDog // May 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Eddie, thanks for the information. I will try to check that out. Another questions, is that all what Malaysia Cyber Laws have? Every Malaysia cyber laws are are listed out? Have a nice days!

  • 9 badteamz // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    may i know about why these bill should take in place in malaysian environment

  • 10 curious // Sep 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    What is the Electronic Government Activities Bill? I have not heard about it. Has it been tabled?
    I do understand that the Personal Data Protection Bill would be tabled in October 2009.

  • 11 Ai Mei // Oct 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Recently I have forwarded an email which have been circulate for awhile. Could I be sued for forwarding those emails? Could my friends be sued for topping up some of their opinions? I did not delete their email addresses before forward. A week after that, I receive back the email with my email address and friends as well on it. This email contain persons name, what they have done and the company they work with.

  • 12 Tim // Jan 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Eddie, I’m a webmaster and have been finding your blog to be a very valuable resource on Cyber Laws. Thanks so much.

    I do however have one question that I can’t find anywhere. I have done a bit of downloading mainly full movies from torrents and want to know if there are any laws in Malaysia that can persecute me for this act?

    I know that it infringes on copyright and the fact that thousands of people are doing this does not make it right. Just a little concerned and want to know what is written about it.


  • 13 natsumi bobokarl's // Apr 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    can u give some information about cyberlaw in Malaysia? i’ve assigment about Malaysian CyberLaw. i hope u can help me… student from SMKTTJ_2010

  • 14 frank // May 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    can provide me any link to make a report? advertising gambling in public game is prohibited?

  • 15 Eddie Law // May 3, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Hi Fank – MCMC is the body governs the usage of internet and online activities. pls visit

  • 16 ramachandran // May 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    To the editor, please also do let me know how the laws affect s australian universities:
    1. publishing a newsletter / paper in a university college for internal circulation?
    2. videos shot by students on their university activities and linked to their newsletter or up loaded to You Tube.
    Thank you.

  • 17 chloe // May 31, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hi, may i know how to define the posted content is violated intellectual property which include trade mark, trade secret, copyright, patent and industrial design rights. For example, if a user post an article regarding a branded product information, is that consider violate copyright? Of course the product is under trade mark or copyright.

  • 18 Knightstalker // Jun 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    If I would like to circulate newsletters to customers and potential customers via email, does that come under the Communications & Multimedia Act or other kinds of Act? Is a license required?

  • 19 yen // Jul 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    hey Eddie, do you know which license to be applied if wanna start up e commerce business by a registered company?

  • 20 stydiz // Oct 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    mr eddie, im student n im not in law worlds. but i need to do some research about cyber law in malaysia. can i know whether ur suggestion about the Electronic Government Activities Bill and the Personal Data Protection Bill. is it malaysia has been introduce this new cyber laws?

  • 21 Eddie Law // Oct 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hi Stydiz,

    I know Data Protetion Act has been approved and gazetted, however, the government has yet to annouch the enforcement date.

    I am not sure if Electronic Government Activities Bill has been approved and gazetted. Perhaps you can check out the Parliament website.

  • 22 low // Nov 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    hi mr eddie, im a law student. i need to do a case study and some research about insurance law in malaysia..i can’t get a particular landmark case nor can i find any disputed area or controversial issue in insurance law..can you provide any guidance?


  • 23 Grace // Dec 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    good day, mr eddie,

    may I know where can I find computer crimes Bill 1997?

  • 24 ron // Jul 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Eddie

    Is there any law in Malaysia that talks about Evidence Acts? Using electronic documents in courts?

  • 25 Eddie Law // Jul 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Ron – I think you can find the relevant provisions in Evidence Act about admission of electronic documemnts in court.

  • 26 ron // Jul 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm


  • 27 Ramachandran // Aug 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

    after MICC has brought MCMC unedr its perview, are they operating differently? there seem to be more news in the media. but the ministry is not updating in their websit. every time there is news in parliament on cyber law, there is no elaboration in the media or RTM. editorial must write LAH.

  • 28 Ramachandran // Dec 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Following your comment on the top of this page on cyber law, there is still not much on cyber law or internet crime awareness in public space. The media will write at times when it suits them. These infomation usually do not meet the eyes of the public when the information is most relevent at the need to know and must know times.

    we still have not developed the culture of buying specific text published in books for knowledge.

    Eddie, you are doing fine. your services will be appreciated by the Malaysian public.

  • 29 fadhilah // Feb 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    what is function of malaysian cyber law and electronic government law

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