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Malaysia: Cases Involving Charges Related to Supporting Islamic State

(July 5, 2016) In recent months there have been several reports of charges being brought against people in Malaysia for activities related to their alleged support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also referred to as the Islamic State or ISIS).  The majority of the charges involve terrorism-related offenses under chapter IVA […]

Malaysia: Proposal to Reform Laws on Sexual Offenses

(June 16, 2016) Malaysia’s Home Ministry is contemplating revising the country’s laws applicable to sex offenders. Both reform of existing legislation and the adoption of a new statute are being considered. While under current law survivors of sexual attacks must be present in court to face the accused perpetrators, the Deputy Home Minister, Nur Jazlan […]

Malaysia: Legislative Proposal to Use Hudud in Penal Code

(June 2, 2016) On May 26, 2016, draft legislation that would incorporate Islamic criminal law in the country’s Penal Code was proposed in Malaysia’s Parliament by Abdul Hadi Awang, the head of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, an opposition political group, with support from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. The legislation, due to be debated this […]

Malaysia: New Anti-Terrorism Measures Tabled in Parliament

(Apr. 2, 2015) On March 30, 2015, the Malaysian government tabled seven bills in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives, the lower house of the country’s Parliament) related to anti-terrorism. They include: Act on Prevention of Terrorism Bill (D.R. 10/2015); Act to Amend the Criminal Procedure Code and the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act (No. […]

Malaysia: Opposition Leader Loses Final Appeal Against Sodomy Conviction

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 10, 2015, a five-member panel of the Federal Court of Malaysia (Malaysia’s highest court) declined to overturn the conviction and five-year sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal in the criminal case of Anwar Ibrahim, who was charged with sodomizing a former aide in 2008. (Press Summary, Dato’ Seri Anwar […]

Malaysia: Tax Status of Retirement Plans Clarified

(Jan. 7, 2015) A December 24, 2014, Public Ruling issued by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia clarifies the tax status and other aspects of private retirement plan contributions. The Ruling covers such contributions made by individuals and by employers, as well as the income of the retirement plan itself. (Janice Loke, Malaysia: Public Ruling […]

Malaysia: Anti-Terrorism Law Proposed

(Dec. 19, 2014) On November 26, 2014, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, urged the country’s parliament to adopt stronger legal safeguards against terrorism. In particular, he expressed concern about Malaysian citizens returning home with extremist views after having fought beside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, noting that 39 citizens had already joined […]

Malaysia: Human Rights Experts Again Urge Sedition Law Abolition

(Oct. 15, 2014) On October 8, 2014, a group of experts associated with the United Nations Human Rights Council called for the abolition of Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act. U.N. officials have frequently urged that the law be dropped. (Colleen Mallick, UN Rights Experts Urge Malaysia to Abolish Sedition Act, PAPER CHASE (Oct. 9, 2014); Press […]

Malaysia: Highest Court Declines to Overturn Ban on Use of Word “Allah” by Non-Muslims

(June 30, 2014) On June 23, 2014, the Federal Court of Malaysia turned down an appeal to hear a case challenging the country’s prohibition against the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims to refer to God. The ban, which had been overturned by a December 31, 2009, Kuala Lumpur High Court decision after having […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]