For the internet-domain-minded person, this news should be better than great expectation as MYNIC, Malaysian Authority for Domain Names now offering the second level domain (2LD) registration to the public starting from 1st November 2007. But wait, what the heck is 2LD anyway?

Second Level Domain is where your domain names only consist 2 part, [Your Organisation].[Your Country Code] such as sirim.my, usm.my and upm.my. The common Malaysian domain in the net at this moment is goes by Third Level Domain, [Your Organisation].[com/net/org/edu/gov/mil/name].[Your Country Code] such as farisian.com.my, ikramers.net.my and semesta.org.my. Previously, the privileged of having 2LD in Malaysia only for selected parties and MYNIC had hold a new registration few years ago. By having 2LD, the organisation can shorten their URL and can “trick” internet users by not revealing their kind of business directly. By slashing .com, .net, or .org after their names, people will wonder what type of business this domain holder is deal about. For example, let say my own domain name at this moment is naro.org.my, people will surely know that this “naro” maybe a club, NGO, association, alumni or else because the word “.org” represent an organisation. But, later if my domain goes by name naro.my, public will wonder what is a “naro” about.

As MYNIC has release the press statement on 17th Septembers ago regarding this issues, they also table the schedule for the 2LD registration. There is a privilege for those who already has an active MYNIC Handler (people who are already have their own Third Level .my domain) as below:

Timetable for implementation:-

Milestone Duration Remarks
Pre Priority Entry period announcement 17 September 2007 6 weeks prior notice to the public
Eligibility cut off date >5pm, 26 October 2007 Registrants who are entitled to apply during the Priority Entry Period are entities or individuals who have registered their third level ‘.my’ domain names with MYNIC before or by 5:00 pm on 26 October 2007 and are active at the point of application of second level domain name
Priority Entry Period 9am, 1 November 2007 to 5pm, 31 December 2007 Accept applications from existing customers applying for domain names of an exact match with their current third level domain names
Post Priority Entry Period 9 Jan 2008 to 29 February 2008 Compilation, review and process Priority Entry Period applications
Public Launch March 2008 Acceptance of applications from public on first-come-first-served basis

So, for those domain hunters, what are you waiting for, it’s only RM 120 per domain per year (still expensive compare to international .com domain which is only RM 40)!