Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has clarified that there are no plans to prevent police officers from playing Pokemon Go. He said that this is because the game does not threaten national security or have any gambling elements to it.
The comments came as Khalid was asked if the Malaysian Police would follow the example set by their Indonesian counterparts. Police and military personnel in Indonesia have been banned from playing the immensely popular augmented reality game after a Frenchman walked onto an army base while looking for Pokemon.
Interestingly, Indonesia remains as the only country to still have access to Pokemon Go; despite the region blocks that have been in place. Nobody is certain as to why this is happening, but it looks like Niantic has simply forgotten about the place.
However, it also looks like Pokemon Go is beginning its Asia expansion. Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon, has finally seen the release of the game. At this rate, it should only be a short wait before the game is officially launched in Malaysia – and a very likely back track from the IGP about allowing law enforcement access to the game.
[Source: The Star]