Malaysia - Proposed changes to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Law The Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (“Commission”) has indicated Parliament's intention to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (“CMA”). Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie is of the view that the online environment has changed significantly and with the emergence of social media, the penalty for offences under the CMA should be reviewed to the Commission's role as an enforcer should be strengthened. However, he acknowledged that restricting access to content on the Internet might not necessarily be the main solution. In addition, there has also been discussions on the imposition of compulsory registration for online news portals. Although not strictly related to the emergence of social media, the Commission is reviewing several proposals to implement compulsory registration, including the system adopted in Singapore two years ago. As not much else has been confirmed or disclosed, the impact of the proposed amendments to the CMA remains to be seen. The proposed amendments are expected to be brought to Parliament in October 2015. For more information, please contact Kherk Ying Chew and Hong Sze Chen.