Malaysians to have local messenger platform in 6 months

Last update: 12/09/2019

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 12  -- Malaysians will soon have an option to use a locally-based messenger platform in place of WhatsApp and other foreign-based social media once TIIS Mobile Messenger is in operations in the next six months.

The multi-purpose platform, developed by a local firm TIIS Mobile Messenger Sdn Bhd in cooperation with South Korean firm Smartcore Company, is more secure as it uses blockchain technology.

“It’s a South Korean platform that has been in operations for several years in the country and what we do is we redevelop it to suit our needs and local customs,” said   TIIS Mobile Messenger chairman Norain Zaharah Zakaria.

Speaking to reporters after the soft-launch of the mobile application, she said the South Korean firm has brought in US$10 million in investment for the project.

“The app will use local IP and server, and we expect to launch it in six months’,” she said, adding that the blockchain technology will make it difficult to hack the app.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Eddin Syazlee Shith said the app would make it easier for the government to share information.

“It also helps the government to ensure transparency in terms of information dissemination related to the government policies and other things,” he said after officiating the pre-launch of the app here.