If your first encounter of the Internet involves mIRC, Hotmail and ICQ, you may have heard about Jaring, Malaysia’s first Internet Service Provider that offered dial-up connectivity. Now the struggling ISP has been ordered by the courts to go into liquidation, marking an end of a legacy that connected Malaysians to the world.
Its former CEO, Dr. Mohammad Awang Lah had posted on Facebook about the news and had expressed sadness that the ISP he helped started had ended up this way. However he also expressed hope that it could turn around for the better under safe hands.
Jaring was started in 1986 under the name RangKom which was renamed to Jaring in 1992. Eventually it became a part of MIMOS in 2002 and later on it was taken over by the Finance Ministry in 2007. The former CEO had also expressed frustration over the sale of Jaring last year to unsuitable parties that led to its eventual demise. TheMalaysianInsider reported that Jaring was sold to Utusan Printcorp for over RM100 million.
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