Malaysian Bars and Restaurants to Offer Free Wi-Fi

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Creative commons photo credit: ElvertBarnes

Tracking down free Wi-Fi on a gap year can be a nightmare, but there is good news on the horizon for backpackers heading to Malaysia

A new law has been passed that requires all new restaurants and eateries in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to provide free Wi-Fi for their customers.

So alongside your Nasi Lemak or Beef Rendang, you’ll be able to update your Facebook status or check in to Gap Daemon (wink, wink) with no trouble.

According to Malaysian newspaper New Strait Times the new rule will come into play as early as April and will affect all new cafés and restaurants (of 120 square metres or bigger) when applying for a licence.

In addition, current eateries, pubs and restaurants will also have to jump aboard the Wi-Fi train when renewing their current licence.

And it doesn’t stop there: the government is also considering dipping into its own pocket to extend the free Wi-Fi to all public facilities across the city.

Excellent news then for those folk travelling or living in Malaysia and certainly if you’ve got a Wi-Fi capable phone.

It’s a big contrast to Belarus where the government has just announced restricted access to foreign websites; this could stop travellers accessing their favourite sites.

Are you currently travelling or living in Malaysia? Have you struggled to find free Wi-Fi? Where else should this be replicated? Share your thoughts below…


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About Gemma Howe

Gemma is a travel junkie, freelance writer and foodie who likes to dabble in a spot of photography from time to time. A former local news reporter she is now based in London (in the one and only Brixton) and is working for Gap Daemon. During her travels she spent a year in Latin America as well as several months in China and South East Africa.

3 Responses to “Malaysian Bars and Restaurants to Offer Free Wi-Fi”

  1. This is amazing – I can’t wait for it to become law in the UK. I found that in Asia is was so easy to find wifi – it was everywhere!

  2. Yasmin says:

    Oh this is great news for everyone! I’m a Malaysian and for as long as I know, we have always have had free wifi connection in just about any kind of eateries and it is not strictly just happening in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It’s like a must have thingfor most businesses to provide free wifi internet for all patrons and I think it’s an excellent business strategy.

    If you see a cafe/restaurant, you’ll be sure to find the WIFI stickers stuck on the walls somewhere in the shop and the best part of all, they are Free! When I was traveling in New Zealand, I was struggling to find Free wifi from most cafes and I think even with paid ones, the rate is pretty expensive. So it’ll be great to have such laws for ‘FREE WIFI’ in New Zealand. Haha

  3. Megan S says:

    Just a bit gutted it wasn’t the case when I was there last year!

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