Malaysian DCA hints on impending legislation
With all the bad press on drones lately, it was inevitable that the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation would soon take action on the issue. Just days after the infamous KLIA ruckus, the DCA had issued a warning prohibiting the flying of unauthorised drones or UAV in the vicinity of airports.
Referring to the recent incident, DCA Director-General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told Bernama, “We were very concerned that the drone might carry a camera or unwanted goods and fly at prohibited areas, or in the vicinity of the government facilities that could eventually threaten the public safety and security.”
Azharuddin also said the misuse of drones could also infringe personal liberties and the right to privacy before reminding the public that the DCA requires anyone who wants to fly a drone in Malaysia to seek permission from the department first.
To better educate the public on proper drone etiquette, the DCA will hold a special session at the 13th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition from March 17 to 21. It will also be reviewing the renewal of the Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 4/2008, which would be added with a new regulation on the use of drones.
With all these recent developments, I think drone pilots can now expect some harassment by the police or members of the public whenever they’re out flying their drones, especially for those flying in densely populated areas like the Klang Valley. So if you’re a frequent drone flier in Malaysia, you know what to expect. I’m all for legislation on regulating the use of drones but hope whatever legislation that’s going to take shape will be reasonable and not too restrictive.