Foong's Malaysia Cyber, Electronic Evidence and Information Technology Law

Foong's Malaysia Cyber, Electronic Evidence and Information Technology Law

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As technology evolves at lightning speed and digitalisation spreads across businesses and people's lives, a new perspective and a new approach is needed to tackle the issues that come along with emerging technologies. It is natural to expect more and more cases relating to cyberlaw and information technology to be filled in court and even more so to expect digital evidence to be tendered in court.

Foong's Malaysia Cyber, Electronic Evidence and Information Technology Law is the only book on cyberlaw and electronic evidence in Malaysia. Carrying more than 200 local cases and some selected foreign cases with commentaries, this publication looks at areas that have evolved in the digital sense such as civil issues like defamation, privacy and copyright. Current and very much relevant issues such as instant messages, social media postings, admissibility of electronic evidence in industrial relation disputes and digital asset cases are also discussed. Chapters have been devoted to legal practice and technology, the digital economy, electronic signature and electronic commerce.

This illuminating text provides valuable guidance in emerging areas of law. Its structure is held together by a carefully crafted set of headings to ensure that the text is easily accessible. The inclusion of references to many previously unreported cases, including some decisions of the Sessions Court, certainly lends depth to the analysis and discussion in this book.

This practical title is useful for litigators who are involved in matters concerning electronic evidence, information technology and cyberlaw and will be a valuable guide through its carefully structured commentary and insightful analysis.

About the Author

Foong Cheng Leong is a practitioner focusing in the areas of Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Internet, Social Media and Cyber Laws, Franchise, Privacy and Data Protection laws. He is the author of the books "Compendium of Malaysian Intellectual Property Cases - Trade Marks" and "Compendium of Malaysian Intellectual Property Cases - Copyright"(LexisNexis). He is also a contributor of the Malaysian Chapter of Data Protection Laws of the World (Sweet and Maxwell). Cheng Leong is currently working on “Foong's Malaysia Cyber, Electronic Evidence and Information Technology Law” which is due to be published in September 2020.
Being a registered trademarks, patents and industrial designs agent, he advises his clients on the protection of their intellectual property rights and information technology. He had been involved in the management of intellectual properties of many well known international and local companies and prosecuted and/or procured the registration of trade marks, industrial designs and patents in Malaysia and many other jurisdictions around the world. He also advises and drafts contracts relating to intellectual property and information technology.
As to cyber matters, Cheng Leong regularly advises his clients on matters relating to tech businesses and online disputes such as online defamation, sedition, harassment and unlawful communications. He taps into his vast network of lawyers outside Malaysia to assist clients in cross border legal actions.
With the passing of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), Cheng Leong was involved in numerous training and compliance exercise for his clients to comply with the new data protection law. He had assisted the compliance of the PDPA for various companies and advised many large and multinational companies on numerous issues regarding PDPA.
As the Chairperson of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee Information Technology, Cheng Leong led the developed the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee mobile application, membership system which synchronises with the database of the Bar Council and revamped the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee's website. Cheng Leong has also developed a free mobile application to search unreported Malaysian legal judgments. The FCL&Co Case Law Search App ( allows users to search its 14,000 Malaysian judgments. He is also an advisor to, an online legal marketplace that connects members of the public and lawyers. He was instrumental in creating Lexscout (, a portal that allows users to search judgment and lawsuits.
Amongst the Awards and Recognitions he has achieved:
  • Foong Cheng Leong of Foong Cheng Leong & Co earns recognition for his expertise in IT and data protection matters. He is noted for his contentious practice, and one source says that "he is extremely knowledgeable in terms of cases and procedures concerning technology and court." - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
  • Recognised in Who's Who Legal 2017 and 2019: Franchise
  • Ranked in Band 3 for Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020


  1. Civil Matters
  2. Cybercrime
  3. Admissibility of Computer-Generated Documents
  4. Presumption of Fact in Publication
  5. Instant Messages, Social Media Postings & Other Electronic Evidence
  6. Electronic Evidence in Industrial Relation Disputes
  7. Electronic Evidence in Family Disputes
  8. Discovery
  9. ".MY" Domain Names
  10. Legal Practice and Technology
  11. Digital Economy
  12. Electronic Commercial Transactions
  13. Electronic and Digital Signatures
  14. Digital Assets
  15. E-Commerce