The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA), which promotes healthy competition and the liberalisation of the communications and multimedia industry - in line with the country's aim to make Malaysia a communications and multimedia hub - advocates industry self- regulation as one of the ways to meet its objectives.
1. What is self-regulation?
Self-regulation is defined as voluntary compliance, as opposed to enforceable laws.
2. How can self-regulation be accomplished?
It will be accomplished through a few categories of industry forums and codes, where each category will have a specific purpose and function, and procedures that encourage voluntary compliance amongst industry players.
3. What is the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF)?
The CMCF, which was established in February 2001 in line with the requirements of the CMA, will govern content and address content related issues disseminated by electronic medium by industry self-regulation in line with a Content Code.
The CMCF was designated by the Communications and Multimedia Commission in 29 March 2001.
4. How is The Content Forum managed?
The management of the CMCF rests with a Chairman and 18 council members elected from the six 'ordinary' member categories of advertising, broadcasting, content creators/distributors, audiotext service providers, internet access service providers, and civic groups.
There are two categories of members:
Ordinary Membership - open to businesses, industries, and trade organisations, as well as firms, companies and corporate bodies that are established, incorporated or registered under the laws of Malaysia and qualifying as: Advertisers, Audiotext Service Providers, Broadcasters, Civic Groups, Content Creators/Distributors and Internet Access Service Providers.
Associate Members - any individuals, firms, societies or bodies established, incorporated or registered under the laws in Malaysia (who do not fall under any of the six ordinary member categories) interested in content provided by the communications and multimedia industry
5. How can one participate in the Forums and its activities?
Sign up as a member to get first hand information from The Content Forum.
You may download the CMCF Membership Form and mail it back to us for processing.
6. What is the Content Code, and who is responsible for its development?
The Content Code
- The Content Code is a set of industry guidelines on the usage and/or dissemination of content for public consumption.
- It shall include model procedures for dealing with offensive or indecent content; the restrictions on the provision of unsuitable content and methods of classifying content.
- The Content Code will have the following sections - General Principles, The Broadcasting Code, The Advertising Code, Specific Audiotext Hosting Services Code and Specific Online Code.
- The Chairman and Council members of CMCF are responsible for the development of the Code.
7. How can one contact The Content Forum?
You can contact The Content Forum at the following address:
Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia
Unit 1206, Block B, Pusat Dagangan Phileo Damansara 1,
9, Jalan 16/11 Off Jalan Damansara,
46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 603- 7954 8105, 7958 3690, 7660 8535
For more assistance, please contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org