This personal blawg contains articles relating to intellectual property, information technology, social media, data privacy and the likes.

Cheng Leong is an Advocate and Solicitor and is a partner at Messrs Foong Cheng Leong & Co.

He graduated from the University of Sheffield with Honours and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2005. He is also a registered trade marks, patents and industrial designs agent.

Cheng Leong advises his clients on the protection of their intellectual property rights and information technology. Cheng Leong was involved in numerous contentious matters involving counterfeiting, passing off, trade mark, industrial design, patent and copyright infringement, online disputes including online defamation, breach of confidentiality and others. Cheng Leong was also involved in advising and drafting of contracts relating to intellectual property and information technology (e.g. franchising, computer contracts and licensing).

Cheng Leong is a member of the Kuala Lumpur Committee, the chairman of the KL Bar Information Technology and Publication Committee and also a member of the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee. Being a blogger himself, he is familiar with the laws and issues concerning bloggers and social media. He has spoken and written on various issues concerning intellectual property and internet laws.

Cheng Leong was featured in the following articles:

(1) “Minimising the risks in blogging” (2009) – The Star Newspaper
(2) “If your copyright not protected, your future is not protected” (2009) – Sin Chew Daily
(3) “Tweet at your own risk” (2010) – The Star Newspaper
(4) “Keeping it Private” (2010) – The Star Newspaper
(5) “Personal Data & the Law” (2010) – The Star Newspaper
(6) “Tweet below the law” (2010) – The Star Newspaper
(7) “Quick, throw your CDs away! There’s a roadblock” (2010) – www.LoyarBurok.com
(8) “Internet Service Provider Liability Act: Do we need one?” (2010) – www.LoyarBurok.com
(9) “Blog postings can backfire” (2011) – The Star Newspaper
(10) Right to Privacy in Malaysia: Do we have it? (2011) – www.LoyarBurok.com and www.theMalaysianInsider.com

He has delivered the following presentations:
(1) “Blogging and Defamation”, an event organized by the KL Bar Information Technology Committee held at the Bar Council Auditorium in 2008. Notable co-speakers were Member of Parliament Jeff Ooi and lawyer Nizam Bashir;
(2) “Blogging and Intellectual Property Laws”, at the eLawyer Law Conference in 2009 held at University Malaya;
(3) “The Laws against Crimes Committed in Cyberspace” an event organized by the Asian Business Forum in 2009;
(4) “The Laws against Crimes Committed in Cyberspace” to a major telecommunication and internet service provider in 2009;
(5) “Blogging and Malaysian Laws” at “Writing Blogs”, an event organized by The New Strait Times in 2009;
(6) “Blogging and Copyright Laws” at “eLawyer – Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009” held at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang;
(7) “Data Protection in Malaysia” to telecommunication, data service, internet service providers, tobacco and insurance companies in 2010;
(8) “Data Protection in Malaysia”, to the members of The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (REHDA) in 2010;
(9) “Data Protection in Malaysia”, an event organized by the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee at the Bar Council in 2010;
(10) Co-panelist for one of the sessions of “Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference” held at Times Square in 2010;
(11) “Data Protection in Malaysia” to members of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) in 2010;
(12) “Data Protection in Malaysia” to members of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) in 2010;
(13) Guest speaker at “Getting Social” at Pecha Kucha, an event organized by the British Council in 2011;
(14) “Data Protection and Privacy Laws in Malaysia”, an event organised by CSI World Headquaters Malaysia in 2011; and
(15) “Data Protection Act: The Malaysian View”, an event organized by CrimsonLogic in 2011.

Lastly, he also made various media appearances on podcasts, television and radio. The notable appearances were:

(1) The Edge’s podcast entitled “The Digital Edge 25: The #yorais mob” in 2010;
(2) BFM Radio to speak about “Legal Implication on Social Media: Defamation and Libel” in 2011;
(3) LOLShow podcast to speak about the amendments to the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 in 2011;
(4) NTV7 to speak about “Privacy and Personal Data in Malaysia” in 2011;
(5) NTV7 to speak about “Social Media Law in Malaysia” in 2011; and
(6) BFM Radio to speak about “Msia I Can Series: The Right to Your Privacy” in 2012.

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12 Responses to About
  1. LIM Soon Heng Reply

    Hi, I’ve sent you an email (to the email address listed on your blog-site) with a proposal for an interview on the topic of the intersection of social media and intellectual property.

    Hear from you shortly.


    • FCL Reply

      Hi Soon Heng, I’ve replied to your email.

  2. Timothy Cheang Reply

    Hi, we aware that you are conducting PDPA out there, hence we wonder if you can provide the service for our company? We are actually looking for a SME and legal practitioner to conduct PDPA 2010 workshop in April-2013.

    Please reply.

    • FCL Reply

      Hi Timothy, your colleagues from Legal and HR contacted me to conduct a PDPA seminar. I’ve submitted a proposal to your company last week.

  3. Farhan Zafry Reply

    Hello Mr Leong,

    My name is Farhan Zafry, a third-year law student from one of Malaysian public University. Me and my mates are conducting a research on privacy, specifically on territorial and bodily privacy. We have been citing your works ( which include your writing and oral interview ) quite a numerous times and since previous semester. We were wondering if we can meet you up personally to discuss on certain area of the law which has not been thoroughly discussed before us.
    The supervisor for our paper is Associate Professor Siti Hajar Mohd Yassin, the wife of UM Law Faculty’s Dean, of which the two of them are actively involved in the discussion of Data Privacy.
    It is our sincere hope that you could contribute your expertise and views regarding the protection of Privacy law on Individual’s right.
    Hope to receive your feedback soon.

    Farhan Zafry

    • FCL Reply

      Farhan: I have replied to your email.

  4. selvi N Reply

    Hi Foong
    May need to cath up with you on participating in an upcoming industry forum. pls mail me if you are keen, thanks

    • FCL Reply

      Hi Selvi, I’ve sent you an email.

  5. Joan Loh Reply

    Hi, even with PDPA in force, there is still brazen and blatant use of individuals information like telephone and email address by companies to solicit for business, particularly banks and insurance companies.

    I have one serious complaint on this violation to the privacy of my personal information. How can an individual file a complaint on these companies? Which regulatory body should be under this PDPA jurisdiction?

  6. Shereen Reply

    Dear Foong
    can you confirm when the Malaysian Bar made their response to the PDPA public? I notice it is dated April but did not appear on your site until September.

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