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…