More Media Features

I noticed that whenever I write an article, it will have a ripple effect. The latest was probably my article on “All Lawyers should have an iPad” which led me to a trip to Fukuoka, Japan.

My article “Grave Repercussions for Internet Users” probably has the biggest effect on me. I got my name mentioned in newspaper and online media such The Sun, The Star, Malaysia Insider and Malaysia Today. Now it has gone to another level.

Just few days ago, I was featured in The Malaysian Observer.TV (also known as, an internet TV portal and also Malaysiakini.

You can watch the MobTV interview here.

As for the Malaysiakini article and podcast, check out the article below:-

Podcast: Onus is on you to prove your cyber innocence

For our 15th Middle Malaysia podcast, we speak to Foong Cheng Leong, co-chair of the KL Bar IT Committee, about the new amendments to the Evidence Act. It was Foong who first broke the news about the new amendments via an article on the LoyarBurok blog.

He says the article at first didn’t garner much attention. That all changed when theSun published a front-page article based on it. Now, everyone’s talking about the serious implications of the new amendments.

Foong gives a broad overview of what the new law is all about and explains why it should be of grave concern for all those who use the Internet. He also gives his opinion on different social media scenarios where the Evidence Act could be applied.

His concerns, however, are not just on how this new law could affect criminal and politically-charged cases but also civil cases.

Lastly, he gives an example of how this law could affect cases concerning election offences and gives a real-life example of a past case that probably would have turned out very differently had the new law been in place then.

Foong, who often comments about IT issues, is totally against this law and is working towards having it repealed.

You can listen to the podcast here or below.

The podcast was actually recorded through Skype using my Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook at around 1am. I had to leave for Singapore the next day hence Oon had to accommodate my last night request. The quality of the recording is not bad. My Dad thought it was recorded at a studio!

In the meantime, please sign the petition against the amendment bill here.

Frankly, I’ve never watched or listen to the above interviews. I hate listening to myself. Sometimes I wonder how can people stand my voice. It’s so squeaky.

But my message to all young lawyers out there, if you want to put your name out there, write as much as you can and post them online. The internet will promote it for you.

IT Law Forum @ KDU College of Law and Business on 12.11.2010

After 6 months of organising this event, the KL Bar Information Technology Committee’s efforts finally paid off. The number of participants were around 100 people which consists mostly lawyers.

The events leading to the forum were quite dramatic. First, we had problems finding speakers. I was in charge of finding speakers from the social media session. My thought was to find someone from the business, journalism and political sides to give their version of their story on how social media has impacted them. Malaysia Top 10 Hottest Blogger Niki Cheong and Nuffnang Nicholas Chay were kind enough to address the part on journalism and business respectively. My top choice for politics side was UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin. However, he did not respond to our invitation and didn’t even bother to send a reply. I even sent him two messages to his twitter!

I couldn’t think of another politician who is well verse with social media except for opposition party politicians. We invited YB Datuk #Yorais Yatim, Minister of Information to grace the opening hence I don’t think it is wise to invite an opposition politician. Furthermore, we already invited fellow DAP member, Jeff Ooi to speak in our previous forum.

Fortunately, Timothy Tiah hooked me with someone from DiGi and I managed to get Azizi Jennis to speak.

Then few days before the event, #Yorais informed us we couldn’t make it but fortunately, Deputy Minister II Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz came.

There were many other problems were encountered but I guess this is part and parcel of event management. We had to be very, very flexible with changes in plans.

We had a huge problem with our caterer as well. They came extremely later. The Deputy Minister came earlier than them! They served our VIP sandwiches that looked like as if it were pressed using their fingers. Their coffee was so sweet as if they were trying to give us diabetes.

There were also no water. I had to supply them with my own supply of mineral water (which I keep in my car).

The worst part was that one of the waiters spilled a tray of curry, which was supposed to be for lunch, on the floor -___- We had to get KDU College to provide us with a new dish.

In regards to the speakers, the KL Bar Blog’s blog entry below sums it up the best:

Three speakers spoke on the Censorship on Malaysian Internet and all three of them spoke against censorship; though Mr Jagdish Singh of the Internet Society did promote internet censorship to protect certain segment of society such as young Children. Mr Steven Gan of Malaysiakini gave a resounding speech from a Journalist’s point of view and impressed upon the delegates that Internet Censorship should not exist in Malaysia. Mr HR Dipendra, a lawyer but speaking in his capacity as part of the international Media Defence Group articulated his point for a non-censored internet to allow the Media on the Net to flourish.

The 2nd Session saw two heavyweights in Data Protection Law in the form of Professor Abu Bakar Munir of University Malaya and Professor Sonny Zulhuda of International Islamic University of Malaysia. They spoke on the recently passed Personal Data Protection Act 2010, currently waiting to be in operation. The two Professors shared many intricate and delicate views on the matter. Professor Abu Bakar Munir, in particular, had inside knowledge of the Act, as he was in fact part of the team who drafted the Act.Many delegates posed interesting and sometimes difficult questions to the two Professors. The replies from the Academicians were extremely helpful and clarified many anomalies of the Act.

After the lunch break; the Forum saw three giants on Social Media speaking. Representing Nuffnang was Mr Nicholas Chay whilst DiGi sent their Head of Online, Mr Azizi Jennis. The trio was completed by the famous Blogger Mr Niki Cheong.They spoke candidly of the growth of Social Media and how far Social Media may grow in Malaysia. All three of them appeared to take the view that Social Media will be a major player in the dissemination of information in future. There were also survey results which indicated that people seems to trust what is written on famous blogs more than what the advertisement says. This may suggest that the trend of advertisement in the future may vary on the Internet.

The KL Bar IT Committee 2010.

Press conference by Deputy Minister after the first session! Reporters crammed in a small room just to hear Deputy Minister speak.

This will be my last term serving the KL Bar IT Committee. It was great serving the KL Bar IT Committee as it was an eye opener and gave me plenty of opportunity and training. I will concentrate in the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee next year – it takes up quite a lot of my time serving two committees.

Till next year!

IT Law Forum on 12.11.2010

The IT Committee of the KL Bar, having organised two successful “mini” Forums on “Blogging & Defamation Law” and “Identity Theft in CyberSpace” in 2008, mooted a third Forum in 2009 but due to unforeseen circumstances, could not proceed with it. Intending to go beyond organising seasonal forums, the IT Committee embarked on this IT Law Forum some six months ago in the hope of making it an annual affair with the primary purpose of creating a platform for exchange of views and expansion of knowledge on areas of law related to IT.

This Forum, hosted at the KDU Law School, will see 3 topics being discussed. The opening topic concerns the discussion of imposing Internet Censorship in Malaysia. Borrowing the Chinese Government’s internet censorship’s nickname, ‘The Green Dam’, the topic is called, “The Green Dam – Internet Censorship…a Cat & Mouse Game?”. The principle discussion would be the legality of imposing such a “Dam” and the extent of censorship, if it ever happens in Malaysia. The IT Committee has long taken a stand that censorship on the internet is strongly disapproved. Instead, the appropriate approach would be to educate internet users on what should or should not be said on the Net. The speakers for this topic are Steven Gan of Malaysiakini, Jagdish Singh of Internet Society and H.R. Dipendra, an Advocate and Solicitor.

Another ‘hot’ topic up for discussion is the newly legislated Personal Data Protection Act. Professor Abu Bakar Munir of University Malaya, a leading academician on this area of law will be presenting his views on this new Act. It will be interesting to hear the views of the other delegates as well. This new Act has far reaching effects on the way Commercial businesses do their work and Professor Abu Bakar would be able to help elucidate on that.

The final topic will see a discussion on the future of Social Media. Recently, Newspapers in US and UK announced losses in advertising revenue. Advertisers now see the Social Media as an alternative place to advertise and this forum may discuss on that issue. The speakers would also likely discuss about the current status of social media in their industry and also the future of social media in Malaysia. This topic has attracted some top speakers, namely Nicholas Chay of Nuffnang, a social media advertising company with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Philippines, well known blogger cum journalist Niki Cheong from The Star Newspaper and Azizi Jennis, Head of Online of DiGi.

There will be an Opening Address by Y.B. Dato’ Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Minister of Information, Communication and Culture.
Details of the Forum are:

12 November 2010 (Friday)
8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
KDU University College
Section 13 Campus
76 Jalan University
46200 Petaling Jaya

RM50 per participant. Only 100 seats available. Registration must be accompanied with payment to guarantee your place and strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the registration form.


I will be moderating the Future of Social Media session. Space is running out hence please sign up as soon as possible!