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M'sia police: No reason to ban it yet

POKEMON GO

Malaysian police officers can still choose between Teams Mystic, Valor and Instinct should virtual-reality game Pokemon Go make its way into Malaysia.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Thursday that police have no plans to disallow its officers from playing Pokemon Go if the game is introduced in the country, The Star reported.

"The game hasn't entered the country yet, has it? So far, we have no reason to ban the game unless it has elements of gambling or is a threat to safety," he told reporters.

Mr Khalid was responding to a question on whether Malaysia will follow Indonesia in banning its police and military officers from playing Pokemon Go.

THREAT

The ban reportedly came after a Frenchman was arrested for entering a military base in West Java while hunting for Pokemons.

Now, civil servants in Indonesia have been ordered not to play Pokemon Go at work to protect "state secrets", the latest sign of a growing backlash against the game, AFP reported.

Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi said: "We cannot endanger the stability of the country."

The Jakarta presidential palace is also prohibiting the game around its premises.

Top security officials are worried that the game's high-tech capabilities could be used by foreign spies to access sensitive data, although security experts are sceptical about the supposed danger.

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