Monthly Archives: August 2019

BFM Podcast: PURAJAYA ROOTS FOR TONGKAT ALI

I was interviewed by BFM Radio over a statement by Parti Sosialis Malaysia Chief Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj regarding a warning notice by Biotropics Malaysia Berhad which has taken out a patent for the bioactive component of Tongkat Ali (Patent No. MY-134867-A – corresponding patent can be seen here). In gist, Dr Jeyakumar said that patent laws have been misused to create monopolies over a natural product like Tongkat Ali which has been used for its medicinal properties “for centuries”.

I was asked to explain what this patent is about and the scope of it.

MESTECC and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have joint ownership of a Tongkat Ali extract- what does that mean and will this impact communities that harvested the traditional herb for centuries? We speak to an IP lawyer.

Produced by: Tasha Fusil
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Kam Raslan, Aiman Rashad



BFM Podcast: THESE ARE NOT THE (AN)DROIDS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

With the rise of Android TV boxes in Malaysia, content developers as well as local film bodies are keen on shifting responsibility to users to curb piracy. Finas is taking it a step further by proposing a new paper that would hold homeowners accountable for pirated content that’s streamed on their property, regardless if they’re the tenants.

Produced by: Christine Wong
Presented by: Richard Bradbury, Arvindh Yuvaraj, & Audrey Raj



Pay just RM150 for details of 200,000 people, RM350 for 10 million

I was interviewed by Free Malaysia Today on the issue of the unlawful sale of personal data in Malaysia which is an offence under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), in particular, s. 130 of the PDPA.

A lawyer told FMT that the sale of personal data is not surprising.

Foong Cheng Leong, who chairs the Kuala Lumpur Bar’s information technology committee, said while the sale of data is common, it is no longer done as openly as before due to PDPA which came into force in 2013.

But he said enforcement has been poor.

Despite media reports on data breaches such as the leakage of millions of mobile phone numbers two years ago, no action has been taken, Foong said.

In 2017, mobile phone numbers, identification card numbers, home addresses, IMEI and SIM card data of 46.2 million customers of at least 12 Malaysian mobile phone operators were leaked online.

“We do not know why there has been no prosecution. Perhaps due to the difficulty of conducting a data leakage investigation, data may be held by numerous data processors and rogue employees may have accessed them without permission,” said Foong.

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