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New measures toregulate cybercafés
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Police still have too muchdiscretionary powers
RM20,000 ne which can be im- posed on anyone reusing to disperseat public assemblies.enaganita director Irene Fernan-dez said ne was a hey amount that would hurt the pockets o any ordi-nary Malaysian who might join a public assembly to voice their dissentor unhappiness over public policy.Te veteran social activist andnon-governmental-organisationleader describes the bill as “regres-sive”, and did not bode well or con-cerned Malaysians who wanted to participate in democracy.Political activist and universitylecturer Wong Chin Huat called thebill “shameless” in its bid to stiedissent.“he government should notthink o us as brainless,” he said, add-ing that civil society would resist the passage o the bill into legislation.During an emergency meeting at Suaram’s oce in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday night, various civil soci-ety groups unanimously supportedthe setting up o another mass move-ment group called Himpun 2.0According to organisers, it aimsto use social networking sites likeFacebook, witter and blogs to ghtthe bill.
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Restriction on permits or new cyber-caés, which have been rozen since 2006, will be liedonce new guidelines are in place to better regulate thebusiness in Selangor.Under the new rules, patrons will be required to elec-tronically register themselves with their MyKad beoreusing the computers, while owners must use ully trans- parent glass in the premises.
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“Tese are some o the require-ments that cybercaés have to sat-isy to either apply or a licence oror renewal,” said state executivecouncillor Ronnie Liu.Liu, whose portolio includeslocal government, said the state hasbeen working with legitimate cy-bercaé operators to regulate theindustry.Illegal cybercaés, which pur- portedly allow teenage patrons togamble online or download por-nography, have mushroomed acrossthe country. Tese illegal outlets arealso believed to be a ront or gam-bling dens.Te state, along with the Selan-gor Cybercaé Association, is at-tempting to rehabilitate the imageo cybercaés.Liu said 20 cybercaés in Selan-gor have been testing the MyKadregistration system or six monthsnow, and another 100 premiseshave signed up to test the system.Te system tracks users andalerts a database that will recordtheir visits to pornographic web-sites, together with their name,MyKad number and address.It will also automatically limitthe time that an under-18-year-old patron may spend on the cybercaécomputers to two hours.“Aer the allotted time, thecomputer will restart and lock the person out rom using the acilitiesagain,” he said.Liu said authorities will be able tocheck the data to identiy those whohave carried out illegal activities.He quickly dismissed the ideathat the system and equipmentcould be hacked, or that personalinormation could be retrievedrom the database.Liu said the system has received positive eedback rom cybercaéoperators, and that the study onthe cybercaé monitoring system isin the last stages.“Once the study is nalised, andthe details and bylaws are ready, it will go to the exco or approval bylate December,” he said, adding thatthe state would not ully enorce thesystem until problems have beenironed out.According to Liu, the new by-laws will act to cull illegal cyberca-és in the state – said to be around2,000 in number – and will give achance or the 650 legitimate op-erators to survive.He said eedback showed thatcybercaé owners welcome the pro- posed ruling, and hoped that ille-gal and unlicensed operators willheed the new regulations as the with enaga Nasional Berhad andSyarikat Bekalan Air Selangor tocut both electricity and water sup- ply to the shops,” he said.Liu did not mention i the state would give a grace period or illegalcybercaés to adopt the new system,but said premises are given two years to carry out renovations ontheir premises in accordance withthe guidelines.He urther said cybercaés willhave to install closed-circuit televi-sion cameras as well as light up the premises.Liu reiterated that local govern-ments in Selangor still have theirhands tied on the matter, as the Lo-cal Government Act does not givelocal municipalities and councilsenough power to bring to book il-legal cybercaés.He said unlicensed outlets oenreopen in new locations even aerhaving their premises sealed andhardware conscated, as they usu-ally operate with ewer than vecomputer units.“Te action taken by local au-thorities doesn’t ‘hurt their pock-ets’,” Liu said, adding that the newruling species that operators musthave a minimum o 40 computers inorder to get the cybercaé licence.He said Putrajaya should con-sider heier nes and longer jailterms or those caught running il-legal cybercaés.state would not hesitate to comedown hard on them.“We will go all out to seal the premises and will set up a task orce
State ready to work withfederal govt on projects
an Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s adminis-tration is willing to cooperate with Putrajaya to ensuredevelopment projects in the state proceed smoothly.Te Menteri Besar, who was speaking at the JointAnnual Conerence o the Malaysia-Japan EconomicAssociation (Majeca) and the Japan-Malaysia Eco-nomic Association (Jameca) in okyo, said politicaldiferences between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Na-sional should not get in the way o developments thatbeneted the people.“he state has proven that it can work [with theederal government]. I’m part o the committee onthe Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley Project,and I work with them to provide land in Selangor ordevelopment projects," said Khalid during the con-erence.He pointed out that cooperation between ShahAlam and Putrajaya has ensured that the projects arecarried out with accountability and transparency.He added that the public deserves the best benetrom money allocated or development.“For example, I know that RM5 million has beenallocated to develop and construct new sewerage sys-tems in the Klang Valley. I hope that the tenders orthe project will be open or local [companies] as wellas those rom Japan,” he said.Part o Khalid’s three-day working trip, rom Mon-day to Wednesday, involved nding a way to cut redtape or Japanese companies who want to do businesshere.He gave the assurance to Japanese investors thatinvestment projects in Selangor will have the ull sup- port o the state and will not be delayed, and said in- vestors need not lobby or pay commission to any party in order to invest.“I the investment isbenecial to all, bringsclean prots and boostsSelangor’s economy, we will approve the project without bureaucracy,” hesaid on uesday.He asked his Japanese counterparts to continue in- vesting in Malaysia, especially in manuacturing, bank-ing and nance, and said taxes rom new investments would ultimately be utilised or public benet.He told Japanese investors that they would benetrom starting up business in Selangor, which he said isadministered with accountability and transparency.Khalid said the Japanese business community rep-resent the largest investors in Selangor, with someRM1.2 billion worth o projects as o August 2011.Selangor, rom January to August, had approved 18 Japanese investments, which created 1,000 new jobsin the state, he said.Khalid also visited the headquarters o electronicsmanuacturing giant Sony and met its vice-president,sugie Miyashita. He also met representatives o carmaker oyota to discuss plans or the company to starta actory in Rawang.During his inaugural visit to Japan since becoming the Menteri Besar, Khalid also visited industrial andnancial group Nomura in okyo.Khalid was accompanied by state executive councilor investment, industry and trade eresa Kok, Selan-gor Selangor State Investment Centre chie executiveocer Datuk Mohd Jabar Ahmad Kembali, and ShahAlam Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaaar Mohd Atan.