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Malaysian Technological Issues

It’s important to tackle technology from a Malaysian perspective, this a collection of post I’ve made that focus on Malaysia and how we use (or don’t use) technology from a legal, social and economic perspective.

  • Internet Censorship is an invasion of privacy With the on-going debacle about the Kangkung saga dying down, I thought it would be a good opportunity to write specifically about internet censorship and its implications to ordinary Malaysian citizens. As you may well know, many Malaysia Netizens reported of difficulty accessing one particular post of the BBC website that dealt with the Kangkung ...
  • MH370 crashed our romanticized perception of technology As our thoughts and prayers remain with the passengers of flight MH370, I think that as the search enters its 3rd week, it’s a good time to reflect on just how much our perception of aviation technology has changed as a result. It’s quite important to differentiate between what REALLY happens and what we THINK happens, ...
  • 10 Things you need to know about kangkung censorship Internet users in Malaysia were reporting issues trying to access a specific page on the BBC UK website that was a hilarious post making fun of our ‘beloved’ Prime Ministers Kangkung remarks. Apparently the issue became so bad, that users took to social media –only to find that they were not alone. In fact, so ...
  • What kind of Porn do Malaysians watch Let’s be honest–Malaysians watch a lot of Porn. On the outside, we may espouse our ‘Asian’ values and culture, but the cold-hard data suggest we’re as horny as the Japanese. In one of my past post, I showed how we have evidence of someone using the Government internet connection to download porn. Today however, PornMD the self-proclaimed ...
  • Much ado over a tweet In case you’ve missed it. The official twitter page of the ETP, @etp_roadmap, recently made a serious blunder. In a tweet sent out at 1.00pm on the 6th of January, they tweeted “Former Prime Minister Najib Razak: Energy and Food Subsidies are no longer sustainable”. Now of course the word Former was included and it ...
  • How to prevent your Unifi account from being hacked OK….I made a boo boo! Actually my method of ‘hacking’ the Unifi modems has a ridiculously simple work-around. Unfortunately, when I published the findings I was absolutely convinced the workaround didn’t work–I was wrong Details about how I was mis-lead are unimportant for now (although I will explain it later on), for now I think ...
  • How I hacked 4 Unifi accounts in under 5 minutes So I was wondering if I should publish this, but I guess I have to. If you’re one of the 500,000 Unifi subscribers in Malaysia, you need to know that your stock router–is completely hackable. TM has left you literally hanging by your coat-tails with a router that can be hacked as easily as pasting ...
  • Why it failed: Malaysian Emergency Response Services 999 Project (MERS 999) As we approach the end of the year, and I have some free time to blog again, I thought I’d re-visit the Auditor Generals report for 2012, and focus specifically on that one project everyone is talking about, the MERS 999 project. This wonderful project, that cost Malaysian citizens upwards of RM800 Million, was a monumental ...
  • 3 issues with the Malaysian education system Every other year, we receive fresh results from PISA or TIMSS, and every other year we see our children continue their slide to near insignificance on the global scale. I can’t phantom how the Education Ministry can remain so obtuse about such a catastrophe, and instead put on a façade of confidence, when there isn’t ...
  • Are you embarrassed to be Malaysian? Am I embarrassed to be Malaysian? Nope, I can never be embarrassed to be Malaysian, this is my home country. I’m not just from Malaysia–I’m from Klang. I can however, be embarrassed about my government and the policies it seeks to implement. Like how our idea of a space program, is buying a seat on a Russian ...
  • Unifi D-Link Routers are now officially completely hacked I’m a big fan of the D-Link DIR 615 router, I think Telekom Malaysia made a pretty good choice selecting it as the default router for Unifi accounts. To be fair, TM have made some bad choices as well, but we won’t go into that here, overall the router isn’t top notch, but it gets ...
  • Open letter to Tun Dr. M on internet censorship Dear Tun, First and foremost, let me start by telling you that I truly admire and respect your contribution to Malaysia. I remember shaking your hand when you attended my Convocation quite some many years ago. It was quite odd to see that while you were present, you didn’t give a speech, simply because you attended ...
  • Packet One ForHome Quota promotion vs. Unifi Is unlimited quota really worth it? I mean Unifi offers 2.5 times the speed for the same price (Rm149), why would anyone pay P1 the same price for a connection that was 2.5 times slower? Apparently P1 is offering ‘unlimited’ connection, i.e. no data cap, or the way the internet was made to run. Unfortunately, ...
  • Best VPN for Malaysians : Privateinternetaccess As you’ve probably gauged from my recent bout of paranoia, I’m a bit of a security-freak. My PC at home, not only runs an original version of Windows (something rare in Malaysia), but also multiple anti-virus and anti-malware suites, not to mention using EMET for even more security and a software firewall to boot. So it ...
  • My Lazada buying experience About a year back, I wrote about how excited I was that Lazada was finally coming to Malaysian shores, however I never really got around to buying anything from Lazada until recently. As you know, I was in the market for a new Unifi router and after some online shopping I decided to settle for ...
  • Maxis agent attacking a Unifi customer? Just yesterday, I received a rather odd comment on my post about a Unifi downtime. It read: The supposed ‘name’ of the commenter was ‘Maxis Agent’ and the email address given was maxis@maxis.com.my. I’m not entirely sure what to make of the comment, but this obviously wasn’t the work of a Maxis agent.  More importantly it tried ...
  • Asus N12 HP: The best Unifi replacement router? The first thing you notice about the Asus N12HP is that it’s TALL, and I mean like if Yao Ming married Kareem Abdul Jaabar and had kids it would like this router. Those long antennas really make the router look like a child who’d undergone a growth spurt in the all the wrong awkward places. Now ...
  • Hack TM Unifi: In case you’ve lost your default password There’s a lot of documentation online on how to hack your neighbours Wi-Fi, but sometimes you need to hack your own system. Usually its because you’ve change your router password and forgot it completely, leaving you in the cold desolate place we like to call “No router land”. Don’t fear though, its actually pretty darn easy ...
  • Using Captchas on cybertroopers and botnets Last week I wrote about the ‘rigged’ EDGE poll, that the EDGE had to eventually take down because they suspected someone was trying to bias the results. It was later revealed that a handful of IP addresses were responsible fro the bulk of the votes–presumably the fake ones. An IP address defines a unique internet ...
  • The Security Offences Bill 2012 -Technology Perspective The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, that wonderful piece of legislation meant to repeal the archaic and ‘draconian’ ISA may turn out to be even more archaic and draconian than the ISA it was meant to replace. While much of the legal fanfare has been focusing on the detention without trial sections of the bill, ...
  • Fair Usage Policy: Data caps and Torrent filters This article is really more a continuation from yesterdays piece about how unfair the Fair usage policies in Malaysia are. In my view telcos complaining about 15% of customers using 70% of their traffic is just ludicrous behaviour–it’s the cost of doing business. This is akin to a restaurant owner offering a buffet and then ...
  • Maxis and TM Fair Usage Policies : Are they fair? Every six months, the great people over at Sandvine release their Global Internet Phenomenon report, which seeks to make sense of global internet traffic across the different regions of the world, and every six months I learn a lot from just gleaning through it. For instance most of the traffic in the US continues to ...
  • How secure are the webpages of Malaysian Banks and Telco I’ve almost been fascinated by the fact, that our money in the bank these days are secured not by steel doors or armed guards, but rather by cryptography and the encryption keys that enable them. To put it in the simplest form  your money in the bank is protected by a number–that’s what an encryption ...
  • Security Offences Bill vs. Universal declaration of Human Rights This is what Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: This is what security offences bill in Malaysia says: To me, the phrase ‘if he considers it is likely’ is another way of saying arbitary. It used to be an excuse that the United Nations Declaration of Human rights isn’t in line with our culture ...
  • Can you out-tech the government? Over the past years we’ve seen a recurrent theme where Government agencies were attempting to curtail internet freedom in the name of ‘keeping the peace’. From Saudi telcos threatening security experts to help them hijack tweets to governments procuring tools like Finspy to spy on their citizens–usually without any warrant or legal oversight. We’ve seen ...
  • Should we learn from China? I’m truly anxious at the recent rhetoric about ‘regulating’ of the internet, and fear the worst. I grew up with the internet and like to think we made a journey together, from my high school days where dial-up internet was the norm, to the blazing fast broadband I have now–things have change a lot for ...
  • Will Malaysia follow Singapore to reduce internet freedom Yes, we trail Singapore when it comes to Maths and Science scores, and sure we don’t earn as much as our noisy neighbours, but it sure feels good to beat Singapore when it comes to press freedom. Reporters without borders ranks Singapore a lowly 149 (out of 179) in terms on the Press freedom index, ...
  • Maxis blocks Torrent traffic There’s a really cool tool called glasnost, that can easily detect if your ISP is throttling certain traffic through its servers. It works amazingly well at detecting if your ISP is blocking that most sacred of all internet traffic–BitTorrent. So running two test, one over my Unifi connection, and one more tethered over my Galaxy S3 ...
  • The Malaysian cybertrooper phenomenon or is it Botnet? The Edge recently held a political poll on whether Anwar Ibrahim should quit as the Opposition leader–But when the editor begun to see that the one-week survey attracted 12,736 responses and the responses were overwhelmingly one-sided, she smelt something fishy. Upon further checking with the IT team, they found that 6,354 of the responses came from one ...
  • DAP lodges report with MCMC over blocked sites Two days ago, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) lodge a report to the MCMC on an ‘internet blockade’ targeting DAP related political websites that was allegedly being carried out by Telekom Malaysia (TM). As you may know TM is the largest ISP in Malaysia, and if TM suddenly blocks a website–a large chunk of the Malaysian public ...
  • Meet your new Ministers of Communication and Multimedia Couple of weeks before the election, we saw how the Deputy Minister of Information Communications and Culture was so into Information communications. Now, with the new cabinet being sworn in, I’m sad to say we’ll probably see more of the same ol’ same ol’. Meet your new Deputy Minister of the Communication and Multimedia ministry–Dato’ Jailani ...
  • Freedom vs. Security : Papagomo arrested Bruce Schneier, whom I respect tremendously, points out that freedom and security are opposing ends of the same spectrum, people balance out freedom and security based on what they perceive. In other words, people would sacrifice their freedoms if they thought they needed more security. A way to think about this, is the amount of Gated and ...
  • Top 4 ways to access blocked sites Here’s some quick tips on how to access blocked sites in Malaysia that is blocked by the ISP (Telekom, Maxis, Time..etc etc). Currently the ISPs in Malaysia are throttling and filtering specific traffic to websites like Malaysiakini, Facebook and even Youtube. Just in case, things get nasty post-election day, I thought I’d quickly put together ...
  • Censoring and spying–Malaysian Style In 2 days time, the South-East Asian nation of Malaysia will go through its 13th General Election since 1955. Some might look negatively on the number 13, but for the vast majority of Malaysians the coming few days will either raise our hopes or shatter them. Malaysia has had only 1 party in power since it’s ...
  • Kerajaan Malaysian Mengintip Rakyat Malaysia sendiri Beberapa minggu lalu, saya telah menulis tentang sekeping artikel yang ‘tidak bertanggungjawab’ oleh Malaysian Insider apabila ‘mendakwa’ kerajaan Malaysia mengintip rakyat Malaysia – tanpa sebarang bukti. Saya amat kecewa bahawa wartawan tersebut membuat kenyataan tersebut tanpa apa-apa bukti–apabila menulis blog tersebut saya kecewa dan saya marah! Tetapi yang lebih penting–saya silap! Mengikut laporan dari Citizenlab semalam–sekarang timbulnya ...
  • I’m Sorry, the Malaysian Government IS spying on you A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an ‘irresponsible’ piece of journalism by the Malaysian Insider when the ‘claimed’ the Malaysian government was spying on Malaysian citizens–but they didn’t have any proof. I was very upset that a reporter would make such a bold statement and not back it up with any proof –so ...
  • Telekom Malaysia is censoring the internet prior to GE13 I’m not a usual fearmonger, or a person who panics easily–yet you friendly local tech evangelist has a warning for Malaysian users out there. Unifi is censoring the internet in the run up to the hotly contested GE1–and that’s what the data suggest. You heard that right folks, some of you suspected all along, and I ...
  • Political parties don’t know how to engage “There are many ways to reach out to the public, both political parties have a lot of space in Malaysia… It is unlikely we will have a debate, we need to engage with the people, the opposition will engage with people,” – Caretaker Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak Caretake Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak ...
  • Malaysia Data Center aspirations A bernama report a couple of days ago mentioned that Malaysia was ‘well-positioned’ to be a world class preferred hub for data centers: KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (Bernama) — Malaysia is well-positioned to be a world-class preferred hub as a data center thanks largely to the government’s liberal investment policies, solid infrastructure and a large supply ...
  • Why is Malaysia trailing Singapore, Taiwan, Korea A lot of people ask why Malaysian has fallen behind countries like Korea, Taiwan or Singapore in terms of our economic development. The answer most politicians give is corruption–but there’s hardly any data to suggest that’s a big issue–at most corruption can account for the ‘loss of income’. There’s no guarantee that the money we ...
  • Malaysiakini twitter account hacked Sorry for inconvenience! let us manage your twitter account from now on,Untuk semua , For All, Wei Ren Ren, Ellowrukkum – SarkasSiber — malaysiakini.com (@malaysiakini) April 27, 2013   In what appears to be an escalating amount of cyber-attacks on the online web portal, Malaysiakini reported that they’re twitter account has been hacked by a group calling itself ...
  • F-Secure hackathon result F-Secure recently had a Hackathon in Malaysia, with the grand prize being a dinner with Miko Hyppönen. Miko is sort of like the Mick Jagger of Computer Security, Miko also  made international news in 2011, when he tracked down and visited the authors of the first PC virus in history, Brain.A. Hyppönen produced a documentary of the event. ...
  • Government Network used to download porn : Privacy is dead Just how private are your searches…turns out they aren’t private at all. The wonderful people at Torrentfreak did an amazing piece of investigative journalism today. Upset over the passing of CISPA, they decided to do an internet check on how active the House of Representatives were–on bit torrent. It turns out with a couple of IP ...
  • Pitchin.my Crowdfunding success in Teach a Child to Read A couple of months back, I wrote a short post about a Malaysian project that was successfully funded on kickstarter. Today, I can proudly say that Malaysians continue to surprise me in untold ways. Pitchin.my is the Malaysian kickstarter, and recently it saw a successful funding of a project on it’s website–that literally brought tears to ...
  • Datuk Maglin Dennis D’cruz in Klang : The non-updating Minister So it’s official. Datuk Maglin D’Cruz will compete in N.48 Kota Alam Shah in Klang. Sadly this is true. I never liked Datuk Maglin, he’s the Deputy Information Communications and Culture Minister that was looking at ways to ‘control’ social media. I won’t go much further as to why this is a bad idea–but it just ...
  • Maxis announces LTE support for iPhone 5 Maxis announced that their network now supports LTE on the iPhone 5, which is a bit strange to me. Initially the MCMC announced that the telcos awarded the LTE frequencies were given band 7 of the spectrum–which wasn’t compatible with the iPhone 5. However, something must have changed, SoyaCincau recently reported that: Based on my limited knowledge ...
  • Anwar may have changed Malaysia, but Mark, Larry and Sergey changed the world If Pakatan win the next election, I would recommend that they award the title of Tan Sri or at least Dato’ to the following: Larry Page and Sergey Brin: Co-founders of Google, who own both the video sharing site Youtube, and the blogging service Blogger.com. Without these two free services the message from the opposition would not ...
  • Malaysiakini goes free from 17th April for GE13 Got a note from Malaysiakini today, for all you stingy-porkers out there who read all the malaysiakini news reposted by various parties, but never really paid for the subscription–here’s some good news. Malaysiakini will go free from 17th April onwards, to pave the way for MORE adverts (like we didn’t have enough) but also to allow ...
  • My BN Spam SMS collection       In the past 6 months, I’ve received more than 20 political SPAM sms’ from the Barisan Nasional Yakini BN campaign, various political surveys and two from my local MP from PAS (Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud). Now obviously, I’m expecting the spam rate to increase exponentially as we approach GE13, and to me that’s really bad news. ...
  • How many FAKE followers does Najib have on twitter? A Social Media Analytics firm recently reported that nearly 50% of Justin Bieber followers on Twitter–were fake. This meant that nearly 18 million followers on Justins twitter account either belonged to no ‘real’ person or belonged to a spam account–and that dear readers is a lot of spam! That’s like a newspaper saying its circulation was ...