The tale of a worried mother who feared that her son had gone missing, when he had in fact been taking part in a 48-hr cyber café gaming binge has prompted politicians in Subanjaya to start a curfew for players of online computer games in cyber cafes.

After hearing of the case, the authorities have decided to stop gamers' fun at midnight.

Under rules due to come in next year, cyber-cafes will have to set up separate areas for gamers and other Internet users.

Gaming areas will need a separate entertainment licence and will be required to close at midnight, even at weekends.

Local lawmakers say they plan to deploy teams of officers to check on popular Internet spots.