All systems go for Pokemon Go in Malaysia


PETALING JAYA: The hit mobile phone game Pokemon Go is now available in Malaysia, from Google Play and Apple App stores.

From as early as 8am today, Malaysian users have been posting shots of themselves playing the game. FMT’s Nawar Firdaws, too, put it to test, and so far, has managed to bag a magikarp. It is now resting peacefully in our pokeball.

The game uses the camera on a mobile phone, Internet connection and GPS (global positioning) data in a game of hide-and-seek in which gamers must hunt down “Pokemon” (Pocket Monsters).

The Bible Society of Malaysia in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya; the wet market in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur; and Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery were among locations listed as “PokeStops” to obtain a device to catch Pokemon.

The game has made headlines across the world after its launch last month and faced restrictions in some countries.

On Friday, the Federal Territories Islamic Legal Consultative committee said Muslims were not allowed to play Pokemon Go on the grounds that the game could be harmful, “affirms the powers of certain gods, and can lead to gambling.”

However the federal government said last month there was no government objection to the game, and neither would it restrict the game’s release.

Besides Malaysia, the game is now available across the Asean region, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Pacific Islands.