Foong Cheng Leong | Articles

I am an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a registered trade mark, industrial designs and patent agent. I am also the author of the books, Compendium of Malaysian Intellectual Property Cases consisting of two (2) volumes, namely, trade marks and copyright and industrial designs, and Foong’s Malaysia Cyber, Electronic Evidence and Information Technology Law.

  • Franchise Talk

    Pauling Hee and I will be speaking about franchise laws in Malaysia. As some of you may be aware, franchises in Malaysia are governed by the Franchise Act 1998. This law restricts the sale and operation of franchises in Malaysia. In this talk, we will explore the uniqueness of Malaysian franchise practice. To register, please click…

  • Practical Tips in Tracing a Person Online

    I will be speaking about the steps that can be taken to trace a person line. In this sessions, I will share some practical tips that I’ve taken to trace people online, particularly, for cases involving defamation and counterfeiting.

  • Screen recruits for informants programme, ex-IGP tells Putrajaya

    I was asked by FreeMalaysiaToday to comment on the Government programme called “Kita Demi Negara”, a national security programme which will recruit thousands of people to act as the home ministry’s “eyes and ears” on the ground. I said- Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong said false or incorrect reports would not only waste government resources but…

  • PM’s Telegram account hacked

    I was asked by FreeMalaysiaToday to comment about the effect of the hacking of the Prime Minister’s Telegram account. I said- Commenting on the matter, lawyer Foong Cheng Leong said the biggest concern in such incidents was the spread of misinformation and the scale of damage it causes. “If someone uses the account to spread…

  • Online Harassment – Should doxing be criminalised?

    I was asked by TV3 to comment on the laws relating to doxing in Malaysia. You may watch the full coverage below.

  • Power of online petitions: Working collectively to inspire change

    I was asked by The Star to comment on legal matters concerning online petitions. I said- Fact or fiction? However, it’s important to verify the validity of a petition before supporting it, as not all petitions are based on facts. Foong Cheng Leong, Bar Council Information Technology and Cyber Laws Committee [former] deputy chairman, urges…

  • Data of Malaysians born between 1940 and 2004 allegedly being sold for over RM40,000

    I was asked by The Star to comment on the recent news about an alleged data leak containing the information of 22.5 million Malaysians born between 1940 and 2004, purportedly stolen from the National Registration Department (NRD). I said- Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong said the lack of transparency on investigations related to data leaks in…

  • Government Says Not Liable For Damages Over MySejahtera Data Use

    I was asked by CodeBlue, a health care news portal, to comment on the recent debacle about MySejahtera App, particularly, on the disclaimer of MySejahtera’s terms and conditions. The term states- DISCLAIMERGovernment of Malaysia shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the usage of any information obtained from this Application.…


    The MySejahtera saga continues with uncertainty over the ownership of the app. Foong Cheng Leong, Intellectual property and information technology lawyer helps us untangle this complex web, reminding us of the importance of contracts. Produced by: Moh Heng YingPresented by: Wong Shou Ning, Tan Chen Li, Philip See

  • Enforceability of Hyperlinked Electronic Contracts in Malaysia

    I am happy to share this article I co-authored with my former interns Mira Marie Wong and Nur Faiqah Nadhra Mohamad Faithal. This article was initially published as one of my Bread & Kaya articles on Digital News Asia. I have updated it for it to be published by Thomson Reuters in their The Law Review 2021.