Malaysia’s Domain Registry now focuses on “sensitive domain names”

Got an interesting email today announcing the Domain Registry’s Sensitive Name policy. This affects all *.my registrations. What is it defined as?

A Sensitive Name is a Domain Name which contains word or words in English, Malay and romanized Chinese (including dialects) and Indian dialects, which:

  • are sensitive to the Malaysian public;
  • are obscene, scandalous, indecent, offensive or contrary to Malaysian public norms or policy;
  • comprise of derivatives and colloquialisms of words that are offensive; and/or
  • consist of pejorative expressions in terms of denotation, connotation or association.

So no derogatory terms ( can probably be contested — so makes more sense for example), no racial or ethnic slurs (so might be an issue but is generally ok), no religious slurs, no sexual remarks ( not good? :P), no undesirable reference towards culture/society/community ( versus, and no vulgar or crude expressions that refer to the anatomy, bodily function, body-by-products and gender.

That is quite all encompassing. For arbitration, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) has been appointed to administer complaints.

Do I like this? No, not really, as I’ve been a big proponent of .my domain space. However if you’re thinking of registering a new domain name that may be politically related, I suggest picking something from a more sensible domain registra (so a .com/.net/.org). You’ll get more latitude, with a lot less chance of it going up against arbitration and deletion.