Interesting. I just received an email from our local domain registry, which is in charge of tracking all internet domain names ending with the “.my” suffix. The part that interested me was this part:
The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”) has been appointed to administer complaints that may be lodged against you by any party that claims that a domain name contain word or words in English, Malay and Romanized Chinese (including dialects) and Indian dialects which are, amongst others, sensitive to the Malaysian public or are obscene, scandalous, offensive or contrary to Malaysian public norms or policy.
I randomly tried a few ‘juicy’ domain names and got an interesting response:
Domain Name penis.my does not
follow the Rules Of Choices of Domain Name
I think that we Malaysians are an extremely ‘sensitive’ lot seeing that our government has to always protect us against all sorts of issues, the latest being domains with sensitive names that may not be suitable for public consumption.
I wonder who keeps the gazetted list of ‘sensitive’ words in Malaysia. I think that it is necessary for someone to do this. Trademarks are gazetted and can be easily proven in court. Otherwise, things would become far too arbitrary.
We’re slowly progressing towards 1984. Newspeak!