A Test Case for the Malaysia’s Computer Crimes Act 1997

Today, one of the offences under the Malaysia’s decade-age cybercrime statute is going to be put on a test.

At one proceeding in a Sessions Court in Ipoh, a man has been charged with four coutns relating to an illegal transfer of land titles. The man is charged under section 5(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 that makes it an offence to modify contents of a computer or computer system without authority. The accused claims trial and the case will be mentioned on 9 Oct 2008.

This case is significantly important because of the extremely low numbers of successful prosecutions under the first cybercrime statute of Malaysia.

For a full story of the case, reference can be made to: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/8/nation/20080908143753&sec=nation.

Further comments will follow (hopefully) soon.

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