Friday, July 15, 2011

Malaysia: A haven for spammers

Spam. Unsolicited advertising. Nuisance.

While most civilized nations around the world have clear legislation defining and controlling spam, Malaysia remains a haven for immoral spammers. As there is no anti-spam legislation here, spam is actually a lucrative business in Malaysia. The perpetrators range from countless 'marketing' outfits to multi-million-dollar telcos and ISPs who perpetuate this affliction upon the Malaysian citizenry. To be clear, spam is mentioned in law. But only that it is the purview of the telcos and ISPs to define what is spam. Hence, the shepherd has left it to the wolves among the sheep to decide what to have for dinner. 

Having been subject to spam on a daily basis for the past several years, I called up DiGi yesterday demanding that they stop. The person who handled my call simply insisted that there is nothing I can do about it, and to live with it. All the telcos do it, so switching won't do any good. And with that, there ends the extent of any legal recourse in resolving this situation.

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