Malaysia to Issue Law on Digital Currency

Starting from 15.01.2019, organizers of illegal ICO in Malaysia will face up to 10 years in prison
14 January 2019   749

The law on digital currencies and digital tokens of Malaysia will come into force on Tuesday,  The Star reports. From this point on, any citizen of a country who will be found guilty of conducting an unregistered Initial Coin Offering(ICO) or organizing a platform for exchanging digital currencies without authorization may face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 245,000.

Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Monday confirmed the information that the law enters into force on January 15. It is expected that the relevant legal framework will be fully defined before the end of the first quarter.

In accordance with the new law, digital currencies and tokens are considered securities and are regulated by the Securities Commission (SC).

Lim also noted that the financial instruments described in the law and related activities must first be approved by the SC and comply with all established requirements for securities.

In particular, we believe digital assets have a role to play as an alternative fundraising avenue for entrepreneurs and new businesses, and an alternate asset class for investors. 
 

Lim Guan Eng
Finance Minister, Malaysia

According to Lim, SC will now develop regulatory requirements for ICO organizers and trading platform operators.

In November last year, Lim offered to oblige all cryptocurrency issuers in Malaysia to seek advice from the country's central bank.

OCamlPro May Implement Unplanned Tezos Hardfork

Anyone can fork Tezos' blockchain but Foundation says "OCamlPro management does not have the best interests of the Tezos community in mind"
18 June 2019   304

The non-profit organization Tezos Commons Foundation has published an official statement about a potential hardfork, which may be initiated by the French development team OCamlPro, the company's grantee.

As evidence, the organization published the text of an e-mail allegedly sent by Starchain Capital, a recently registered cryptocurrency fund.

According to the document, the management of OCamlPro and Starchain Capital announced a collaboration to develop and implement a fork of the Tezos blockchain called Dune Protocol in September 2019. The letter also says that Starchain Capital is attracting “investments to finance a separate project.”

Representatives of Tezos recalled that the blockchain can hold forks anyone. The problem, according to them, is the “OCamlPro management does not have the best interests of the Tezos community in mind".

We found the text also includes a number of inaccurate (to put it mildly) statements that are intended to exaggerate the position of OCamlPro leadership. They did not create OCaml, Fabrice was not the ‘teacher’ of Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman, and the main Tezos engineers who were originally at OCamlPro are now working at Nomadic Labs, not OCamlPro.
 

Shaun Belcher

Executive Director, Tezos Commons Foundation

However, confirmation of whether the letter is an original or a fake has not yet been submitted.

OCamlPro participated in the Tezos grants program and worked on projects, Liquidity and TzScan. However, OCamlPro refused to fully disclose the code of their products, which is one of the conditions for receiving grants. Tezos Foundation announced the termination of funding OCamlPro in case of non-compliance in the second quarter of this year.

In March, the Tezos blockchain project completed the first round of voting for proposals for updating the protocol. The winning bid was ‘Athens A’, which received 18,181 votes.