Criminal Law

Criminal Law
Prostitution in Malaysia

Prostitution in Malaysia

What is the legal position of prostitution in Malaysia? There is no law within the Malaysian Penal Code which states that prostitution is illegal. People are not committing a crime under the Penal Code by being a prostitute unless they are Muslim. Sharia Law applies to Muslims, and Section 28 criminalises the act of women engaging in prostitution. Although prostitution is not illegal under the Penal Code, certain and often...
Criminal Law
Domestic Violence against Women in Malaysia

Domestic Violence against Women in Malaysia

It is a sad but undeniable fact that home is not always a safe haven and that once loving relationships can turn violent. A recent statistical study by the World Health Organisation in 2013 found that more than one in three people are victims of sexual or physical violence. Domestic violence encompasses many forms of violence involving different parties, including partners, parents, children and the extended family. Domestic violence refers...
Criminal Law
Animal Protection Laws in Malaysia

Animal Protection Laws in Malaysia

The Animal Welfare Act 2015 (“the Act”) was enacted in December 2015 to provide for the establishment of the Animal Welfare Board (“the Board”) and to ensure that the welfare of animals is safeguarded while promoting responsible pet ownership. This new law provides for harsher penalties of up to RM100,000 and stricter regulations than before the amendment. 1) Licensing system to operate animal-related businesses Section 15 (1) states the following:...
Criminal Law
Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Unfortunately sexual harassment has become more widely reported these days, and is rightly categoried as serious misconduct, no matter in what form it takes. It affects the victim physically and mentally, and when it goes unpunished, the harasser will likely continue to harass one victim to another. Nowadays, when talking about sexual harassment, it does not exclusively involve only female victims, as the number of reports on male victims who...