Malaysians get tough on mobiles

Uh, are we looking at the next big deal with SIM cards or is this the future of passports? Hmmm, I think that I am going to leave that one up to you.

The Malaysian government is to put a stop to the anonymous use of mobiles.

From the end of the year, people using a prepaid service will have to register their details with phone companies.

The decision follows growing fears about the use of unregistered phones by members of violent militant groups either to communicate with one another or to trigger explosions.

“The main reason we are doing this is because of security,” said Communications minister Lim Keng Yaik.

“It’s getting very dangerous. Prepaid cards pose a security threat because nowadays terrorists are using cell phones to detonate bombs.” [Read the rest]