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Exploring the State of the PDPA

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

October 1, 2012

Singapore recently had its first reading of its Personal Data Protection Act in Parliament, prompting Hariati Azizan of The Star Online to query when Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will be enforced. Malaysia's Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim announced in February that the PDPA would be enforced by the middle of 2012. According to the report, enforcement details will be supplied by the ministry “as early as next month.” Meanwhile, a Malaysian government representative said, “Even though the PDPA has not been enforced yet, there are other relevant laws that can be used to take action against the offenders…”
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