Reform of the cyber cafes

Maybe this is their way of “taking the cyber world seriously”, but let’s have a look for a bit what “reforms” they propose onto cyber cafes:

KUALA LUMPUR: All cyber cafes will have to close by midnight daily and operate only from the ground floor of buildings once the guidelines to control them are enforced.

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said that under the new guidelines, cyber cafe operators were also banned from using tinted glass.

“The new rule also requires those below 12 years old to be accompanied by their parents or guardians to cyber cafes and they are only allowed to stay until 10pm,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Hamzah said cyber cafes were also banned from other co-business activities, including having games, gambling, pornography, music and publications with negative elements.

Cigarettes and alcohol cannot be sold or consumed at these premises,” he said.

Hamzah said operators were required to keep a register to record the entry and departure time of their patrons.

“This is to ensure that all patrons are checked by operators at all times. The owners of the business must also send the names of students who come to their premises to their schools,” he said.

Hamzah said some students had been found to play truant by changing their uniforms and visiting cyber cafes during school hours.

Full article here.

I agree with their measures on the most part. To close by midnight, to operate only on ground floor levels, to ban use of tinted glass, to prohibit smoking and drinking. All these, to me, sound very sensible.

Maybe, to require that the owners of cyber cafes take down the names and IC numbers of their patrons is something worth thinking about too. But I’m not so sure. I think it is somewhat useless, though I wouldn’t mind being proven otherwise.

What they are proposing is good. But it is always the implementation that springs up the problems. Currently, how many cyber cafes are there in Malaysia? How many of them operate from the ground floor? And how many operate from the darkest corner of a building? How many of them can afford to relocate? Will the government compensate them for relocation?

And what about tinted glass? I can safely say that most cyber cafes use tinted glass, for God knows what reasons. Will the government require them to change their existing windows? Who will foot the bill?

And I imagine it to be even more difficult to require the owners to take down the names of those who frequent their outlets. Already it is difficult to get shopkeepers to stick to the law and NOT sell cigarettes and alcohol to the underaged. Very difficult indeed.

Not to say that we should avoid doing the difficult. Just that the government and Ministry had better be well prepared to face these and many other problems of handling social ills and general safety of the public.

9 Comments on “Reform of the cyber cafes”

  1. dano says:

    The looneys may want to ban the Internet next!

  2. Edi神 says:

    there are lotta childrenin Cybver cafe.. adn I believe they might be playing each other backside in it!

  3. Ronson says:

    Some people have forgotten that Selangor used to do this. The then PM Dr.Mahathir put a stop to it as it was against the MCMC’s no internet censeorship.

    Now it’s back!

    Even in internet restrictive China they allow computer games in cybercafes. Truly we are going backwards.
    Not sure if they mean computer games, or PlayStation games, like what some CC’s offer.

  4. Scott Thong says:

    Over here in JB, near my workplace, is a cybercafe called KingSurf (KS for short).

    It is a massive premise, three stories high with a huge sign on the outside saying KS in striking colours against blue. It has clear glass paneling so that anyone can look inside and see the 100+ computers (on each floor!).

    Kids are allowed, but no students in school uniform. Soft drinks, snacks and ciggies are sold at the counter, but smoking is strictly outside or in the toilet.

    Everyone who goes there is playing games or watching youtubes. No porn (or it is well hidden from prying eyes, hard to do when all PC screens are in the open), gambling or whatnot.

    There ia a membership card and even an affiliated cafe next door. It is an inetrgrated business. Patrons of all ages up to 40+, but mostly guys between teenage to 30, come and lepak here from dawn to 3am and later.

    Is the govt going to force this massive KS – which has branches all over JB and KL – to reduce itself to one floor, switch off at midnight and no longer have a ‘co-business’ of selling snacks, drinks and opening a nearby cafe?

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  6. Scott Thong says:

    More thoroughly mocked at here.

  7. Michelle, sorry bout the mistake!
    I’ve dropped in herre before, and you are right about Malaysia being our home and how we will always have our heart here.
    Been to Auckland, and love it there.

    Back to your post….Its clear that the Government when announcing these measures are quick to try to control the damage.
    Look at it this way, if you keep the kids away and place these rules then where will they go? As for the tints, are there any vices going on in there which we do not know off? The kids go there mainly for online games…Yes, school uniforms could mean that they skip school for the cafes, but are we really addressing the real problem?
    IMHO, it would be wiser to take school trips for certain age groups to these internet cafes and give them some time there, before teaching them about the dangers of too much ‘time in front of the screen’.
    It could lead to tendonitis, it could lead to severe dehydration, the dangers of smoking etc….

    Problem is our gov is quick to implement and then the ‘implementation’ will lead to confusion before dying a sudden death. Which will then lead to selective persecution of business owners.
    The problem is not that simple…..
    And our Gov should know that by now. Whatever happened to the millions spent on Rakan Muda? Have the they forgotten about it already?
    About keeping the kids out, I don’t think they should. Going to CC’s is way better than getting involved in gang fights and the like.

    Rules like closing by midnight are, for me, safety precautions. As for the tinted glass, first of all it gives me the creeps. But it could be just me. But then again, tinted glass “allows” for things to happen, not necessarily meaning that they do. There are certain things about “they can’t see me” psychology that sort of encourages ill-meaning activities.

  8. tempatan says:

    I know of CCs that are meeting points for gangs – gang fights have occurred too. You can introduce all the regulations in the world but at the end of the day it just boils down to enforcement – which , sad to say we are famously lacking in, in the truly Malaysian tradition! Just as restaurants and stalls operate on five foot ways with the clandestine support of the authorities, so will CCs flout all the above proposed rules!
    It is sad. But we’ve got to start somewhere.

  9. JahanamStyle says:

    bodoh belacan !! its all comes to one thing , u pay me undertable ,,,we will close eye !!! another way to make money ….the town councils,the cops etc … vote for BN and please bring back us to stone age!!!!

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