Malaysia amongst the World’s Worst in Protecting Privacy

With regards to Ex-Minister Chua Soi Lek’s exposed sex life and resignation, many issues are more important than his personal life, political conspiracies or who his successor within MCA will be (which is politically irrelevant to the UMNO-centred national politics).

One of them is the misplaced importance on private life of public office holders, on which Merdeka Review (in Chinese) carries two excellent articles. Political commentator Josh Hong argues forcefully why Chua should not top the list of MCA ministers to resign while journalism lecturer and feminist Por Heong Hong warns us the hazard of moral policing.

Related to this is the obsolete legal prohibitions of oral sex and other form of “unnatural sex”. Chua will not be the highest-ranking person to face the law even if this possibility has not been ruled out by the PM. Former DPM Anwar Ibrahim, charged and initially convicted for sodomy, still tops the list of victims to the laws which ridiculously allow the state to determine what consenting adults should and should not do in private.

Another issue is the protection of privacy. Not only politicians or other celebrities (like the Hong Kong female singer in Genting) may fall victim to the hidden cameras, ordinary people like tenants, users of public washroom or changing room, office workers, foreign maids may have had their privacy invaded unknowingly. Oh… that happens in the police lock-up too, remember the squat-gate in late 2005?

The Privacy International’s report on “Leading surveillance societies in the EU and the World 2007” (excerpt below), blogged by Jeff Ooi, ranked Malaysia amongst the worst in the world along Russia and China in protecting individual privacy.

For one, many Malaysians have low awareness on privacy and data protection. Mykad would have caused a political turmoil as infringement of human rights in UK but it is hailed as technological advancements by many in Malaysia.

An Act of Data Protection is now being drafted by the Attorney-General Chamber with the public being kept in the dark. One wonder if it would cover multimedia data like audio-video images and allow civil suits for damages.


  • No right to privacy in constitution
  • No comprehensive privacy law
  • Controversial internal security act allows for extensive police powers
  • Interception authorised by attorney general
  • Extensive use of identification scheme, mykad
  • Plan to implement citizen data hub across government departments, developed by oracle corporation, including individuals background, education, and health records
  • Biometric system monitors foreigners in the country
  • Extensive use of CCTV with no privacy safeguards

5 responses to “Malaysia amongst the World’s Worst in Protecting Privacy

  1. Dr Chua is a good honest man & very brave too! He is NOT a hypocrite, not acrimonious and hateful about this most embarassing episode! I don’t know Dr Chua but I salute him & admire and respect him for his true grit!

    In any event, he is an honest politician!

    Any person can be a victim of circumstances. I don’t know about his! In any case, most successful men prefer to cohabit with mistress(es) and not patronise whores! At least with mistress(es) you love them sometime enough even to have children with them! But whores? what can I say? It’s demeaning and morally wrong! At least Dr. Chua’s friend IS NOT A WHORE!

    The episode shows the two faces of humanity:-
    on the one hand, people like me understand the situation and feel DEEPLY sorry for the man and feel angry about this criminal invasion of privacy but frustrated that it takes time to be able to catch the criminals if you are lucky! On the other hand, there a people who gloat over the episode delightfully without even realising that it might happen to them too! You should check out all the negative, despicable and inhumane comments etc on youtube etc. This is the ugly, inhumane and “holier-than-thou” side of some sections of humanity (or sholud I say, “INhumanity”?) Believe me, nobody is and angel & for that matter, nobody is perfect!



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  3. With more to compare
    more can be tracked and take!
    But be careful, which side to compare and take!
    Politics, private, or, moral to pick?

    No one is perfect
    but when a lot of evils to be compared!
    One can be as high as God!

    When talking about Dr Chua
    don’t forget the so many devils that are around!
    Ghost-baster should come
    and take them all in one pick!

    Until then we know who are really playing tricks!
    Ghost-baster can you see you way in the Politics?
    It is too smoky out there!!
    Take care!!
    Don’t forget to bring a Jumbo size bag or spare bags as too many devils to pick!!
    Please return to us the Blue Sky and the clear air.
    We are suffocating in our breath!

  4. If you go to the 2 star love hotels around Malaysia in the weekends you will see many couples waiting to rent a room for 2 hours. The combination of age can be 16 Vs 20 to 56 Vs 65 to 16 Vs 66 and others.
    It is called ” short time ” service and no ICs or registrations are required.
    Most couples will ” Kaw Tim ” in less than 30 minutes. The bed sheets will be changed quickly and the next couple will be given 2 towels,2 pieces of soap and 1 condom.
    Everybody will cast their eyes down to look only at their feet.Even if you see your married MD waiting there with his married secretary who is not his wife you pretend you ” see nothing,hear nothing and will say nothing ” at all.
    If somebody tries to takes a video of the clients his teeth with be punched out immediately.
    If is because he will be trying to break their rice bowl.Each room can play love nest to as many as 10 cheating couples a day.
    Thus if you want to taste” stolen love ” go to a love hotel.They will have their standards to uphold and maintain for the privacy of their clients.
    CSL learn from me at the grass root level.

  5. A story that has never been told i e Chinese “Girls selects Boys” in the1950s.
    ..CSL dilemma at that time.
    In the 1900s until todays when a Chinese bride is about enter ” The Door ” of the bridegroom she will be accompanied by her best girl friends who are all single and eligible.They will be appearing in their best as pretty maidens and ideal future wives.The bridegroom will invite all his bachelor friends and they will also be appearing in their best as ideal future husbands. On the night of the wedding in the bridal chambers there will be teasing games between the eligible bachelors and the eligible girls.The purpose is to find out their ideal future husbands or ideal future wives as soon as possible.The girls can ask her choice of men all kinds of questions.They may even ask him to do humiliating chores like hiding underneath the bridal bed or bark like a dog or lick dry a plate of milk like a cat in order to test his patience in managing the prospective future families.The men has to be 100% sporting on that night.They will be” booed ” if they were to show any sign of anger or resentment.It is practically a ” Ladies Night ”
    After the ” Boys meets Girls” games the match makers will be called to make the “match” that has already been decided on the teasing night.
    Like everything in this world these ” boy meets girl ” games will have many weakness.
    Many gangsters will put on long sleeves and trousers and appear in their best behaviors.
    They will gladly be caned as penalties by the girls for giving a wrong answers to her witty questions.
    The bridegroom has to introduce each and everyone of his bachelor friends by his NRIC or birth certificate names.
    Their nicknames will all come out in the heat and excitement of the games by all the other players while trying to outplay each other in order to win the hand of the most fair maiden of the night..Everything is fair in love and in war.
    If they said ” This is Ong Tiong Guan ” the only benefit is that the girls surnamed Ongs will not waste time talking to him.He has to say ” We call as him as………”
    1) Hoh Kia..means Good son..+++ for girls
    2) Pai Kia.means Bad son.. ???? for girls
    3) Durian Kia means Hooligan son..??? for girls
    4) Poon Tua Kia means Lazy son..??? for girls
    5) Teat Tho Kia means Play around son..??? for girls
    6) Gon Kia means foolish son..??? for girls
    7) Siawh Kia means crazy son..??? for girls
    8) Chap Chen Kia means son with unknown father.???? for girls…
    9) Boh Yong means useless and no future son ..???? for girls.
    10) Soi Kia means unluky and ill fated son ??? for girls..

    I have 3 unmarried sisters above 65 who told me this story.All of them are former Convent Girls who do not want to get marry just for the sake of having a family.They cannot find love and romance out of 90% of the men they met as above…

    But in Chinese society the moment you achieve fame,power and riches the nicknames will be discarded immediately…But nobody I know tries to change his NRIC names.It is because his marriage certificate and children’s birth certificate needs alteration as well.

    I want CSL to write about his romantic youth..

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