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Malaysia: Court Decision on Review of Pardon Petitions

(Jan. 25, 2017) On January 18, 2017, the Malaysian Court of Appeal ruled that the question of whether or not a rejection of a petition for a royal pardon can be appealed should be considered by a higher court. Anwar Ibrahim, a currently imprisoned opposition leader, can now petition the Federal Court to determine if […]

Malaysia: Audit Framework for Goods and Services Tax Issued

(Oct. 17, 2016) The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has recently placed on its website a document outlining auditing procedures for the goods and services tax (GST). The Audit Framework was issued on June 20, 2016, and is designed to make audits systematic, transparent, and fair. (Janice Loke, Malaysia: GST Audit Framework Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE […]

Malaysia: Steps Taken Towards Ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Sept. 29, 2016) On September 24, 2016, it was reported that the Malaysian Secretary-General for International Trade and Industry, Datuk J. Jayasuri, had stated that the country is on track to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by early 2018.  (Amir Hisyam Rasid, (Update) Malaysia Amending 18 Laws in Preparation for TPP Ratification, NEW STRAITS TIMES […]

Malaysia: National Security Council Act Comes into Force

(Aug. 4, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the National Security Council Act 2016 came into force in Malaysia.  (National Security Council Act 2016 (Act 776) (NSC Act), e-Federal Gazette website (official portal); National Security Act 2016 Appointment of Date of Coming into Operation, P.U. (B) 310, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (July 14, 2016), e-Federal Gazette website.)  The Act, […]

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 […]