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Divorce for Non-Muslims in Malaysia

Divorce for Non-Muslims in Malaysia

In Malaysia, non-Muslim marriages are governed by the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976. (“LRA”) The Act regulates the rights of spouses, the procedures, and the grounds for divorce. It also sets out the law regarding maintenance and child custody. The Act allows a married couple to file for divorce by petitioning the High Court. Marriages are separated into two groups: Marriages that lasted for more than two years;...
Criminal Law
Defamation and Slander Laws

Defamation and Slander Laws

The law in Malaysia protects many areas of a person’s life. One such important area is their personal reputation. Everyone has a right to have their reputation protected; if a statement is made about them that badly impacts how others see them—known in law as defamation—then a claim may be made against the statement maker. If the defendant does not have a valid defence against such defamation, then the claim...
Inheritance
Differences Between Grant of Probate & Letters of Administration in Malaysia

Differences Between Grant of Probate & Letters of Administration in Malaysia

If you are responsible for administering an estate, you may wonder where to start and what steps to take. Whether you are an executor of a will or a next of kin, understanding the process of probate and estate administration is crucial to ensure that the estate is distributed according to the wishes of the deceased and the law. A deceased person’s property in Malaysia is dealt with in one...
Employment Law
Terminating Employment in Malaysia

Terminating Employment in Malaysia

Overview For workers and employers in Malaysia, their relationship is governed by two main pieces of legislation: the Industrial Relations Act (IRA) 1967, as well as the Employment Act 1955. The basis for this law is fairness—trying to find a balance between giving employees security of tenure, and letting the employer retain the right to dismiss employees. The right process must be followed by any employer wishing to terminate staff;...
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