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JS Lim

Jie Sheng knows a little bit about a lot, and a lot about a little bit. He swings between making bad puns and looking overly serious at screens. People call him "ginseng" because he's healthy and bitter, not because they can't say his name properly.

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Some Malaysians book parking spaces by standing in them. But is it legal?

by JS Lim on 17 March 2018

It’s probably happened to you before. You’re circling in the parking lot looking for an open spot at the mall. You finally see one in the distance, and excitedly drive...

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Consumer General Banking

Is Bitcoin legal in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 26 December 2017

  Bitcoin seems to be all the craze these days. It’s making financial headlines almost everyday. The news is usually about the price of Bitcoin hitting new highs, but there...

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General Industrial

5 common Malaysian tax offences you don’t want to accidentally commit

by JS Lim on 05 March 2018

  There were news reports from 2017 that a lot of Malaysian celebrities were not paying their income taxes. This is despite them earning millions of ringgit, and the tax...

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Criminal

Can you get your bail money back after paying it to Malaysian courts?

by JS Lim on 20 April 2018

  Imagine yourself getting arrested for a minor offence. You’re put into the lockup and within 24 hours, you’re brought before a judge for a hearing. After the hearing, he...

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Criminal General

You can cut a deal in Malaysian court to get a lighter sentence, but is it worth it?

by JS Lim on 18 April 2018

If you’ve ever watched crime movies or TV series, you might have seen a suspect being offered a deal by the police that goes like “give us a confession, and we’ll...

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Criminal

When can you perform a citizen's arrest in Malaysia, and how do you do it?

by JS Lim on 17 April 2018

  Imagine yourself witnessing a snatch theft. They just made off with a lady’s handbag, and you’re right there next to her as it happens. In this situation, we usually...

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Consumer

Is it legal for Malaysian shops to charge you extra for paying by card?

by JS Lim on 02 April 2018

  You’re out doing some shopping which you’ve been putting off for the longest time because of work. After your retail therapy lust is satisfied, you head over to the cashier but,...

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Criminal

If you find money on the street in Malaysia, can you legally keep it?

by JS Lim on 27 March 2018

  Most of us have experienced finding some money while walking down the street. We pick it up, and look around to see if there’s anyone looking for something they’ve...

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General

Ever lent a friend something but never got it back? Malaysia has a law for that

by JS Lim on 24 March 2018

  Have you’ve ever had a friend borrow something from you, and then never return it? Hopefully, the thing went missing, and your friend didn’t sneakily sell it to someone...

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Civil

If a worker hurts you by accident in Malaysia, do you sue him or his boss?

by JS Lim on 21 March 2018

There’s getting food poisoning, getting hit by a lorry, and in the feature image’s nightmare scenario – getting your car crushed by a pile driver. Being hurt by someone else’s carelessness is...

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General

Some Malaysians book parking spaces by standing in them. But is it legal?

by JS Lim on 17 March 2018

It’s probably happened to you before. You’re circling in the parking lot looking for an open spot at the mall. You finally see one in the distance, and excitedly drive...

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Criminal

What’s the difference between murder and manslaughter in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 14 March 2018

For most people, our only encounter with murder is through a TV show, or a video game. Those TV series usually make mention of a few kinds of fancy terms...

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General

If I get into a car accident, can I go to the nearest Balai Polis instead of stopping?

by JS Lim on 13 March 2018

  Sometimes, we hear tidbits of legal knowledge from friends and family such as “if you hit a car from behind it’s automatically your fault”, and “you can’t use a...

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General Industrial

5 sources of income that are tax free in Malaysia

by JS Lim on 09 March 2018

  There are only a few things that are certain in life, and one of them is taxes. While most of us don’t look forward to tax season (unless you’re...

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General Industrial

5 common Malaysian tax offences you don’t want to accidentally commit

by JS Lim on 05 March 2018

  There were news reports from 2017 that a lot of Malaysian celebrities were not paying their income taxes. This is despite them earning millions of ringgit, and the tax...

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Consumer

5 rights you didn’t know you had as an airline passenger in Malaysia

by JS Lim on 01 March 2018

  Most Malaysians love to travel, but regardless of whether you’re a seasoned frequent traveller or one who still needs Google maps to find your boarding gate, there are two...

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Criminal General

What can you do if no action was taken on your police report in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 26 February 2018

Feature image for illustration purposes only. It’s from an incident in 2015 where two policemen who were found sleeping on the job. Read about the incident here.   Imagine you’re driving to...

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The Attorney General is the “super lawyer” of Malaysia. But what does he do?

by JS Lim on 21 February 2018

When you report an incident to the Malaysian police, what they need to do (in summary) is gather information, then file an investigation report with the Public Prosecutor (PP)...

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Consumer General

If you get overcharged for nasi campur, can you refuse to pay?

by JS Lim on 06 February 2018

It’s lunch time. You want a delicious and filling meal that’s not too expensive. So what better place to go than your nearest mixed rice or nasi campur shop? They usually...

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Intellectual Property

Is it illegal to steal ideas in Malaysia? Here's 5 laws about copying that you didn’t know

by JS Lim on 30 January 2018

Imagine having a brilliant idea one day for a product, a book, or even a business. You’re beyond excited about it, so you share the idea with your friends over...

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Criminal

Is robbing graves a crime in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 23 January 2018

As Malaysian, we’re part of a multicultural society of all sorts of cultures with many different roots. With great diversity, comes a great number of funeral rites. Some of us...

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Consumer General

Some Malaysian tuition centres are actually illegal! But how do you tell?

by JS Lim on 18 January 2018

  What kind of school did you go to? Was it a Sekolah Kebangsaan (national school), or did you go to an international school? Maybe you were homeschooled, or even...

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Consumer Criminal

This genius marketing idea might be illegal in Malaysia.

by JS Lim on 12 January 2018

You’re driving out for lunch one day to get food from your favourite hawker centre. Assuming the parking machines work in your area, you go and pay for parking and...

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Criminal

If you commit a crime in Malaysia, how can you get the judge to go easy on you?

by JS Lim on 09 January 2018

Imagine you’ve been summoned to court for a traffic offence, like driving in the emergency lane. You probably got issued a court summons instead of the fine you were expecting,...

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General

If Ah Long ads are illegal in Malaysia, why do we keep seeing them?

by JS Lim on 02 January 2018

Walking down a Malaysian city street, you might find a lot of good food places, blazing heat, people of all races… and dodgy advertisements plastered over every conceivable public surface....

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Consumer General Banking

Is Bitcoin legal in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 26 December 2017

  Bitcoin seems to be all the craze these days. It’s making financial headlines almost everyday. The news is usually about the price of Bitcoin hitting new highs, but there...

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Criminal General

Are pepper sprays legal in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 21 December 2017

  When Malaysians start seeing reports of crimes like snatch theft and robbery in places we frequently visit, the knee-jerk reaction is probably to find ways to protect ourselves. While...

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Intellectual Property

How effective are Malaysian anti-piracy laws? We asked a local game company

by JS Lim on 19 December 2017

You see the trailer for a game that looks really interesting and exciting. But knowing how overhyped the trailers can be, you can’t decide if you should get the game...

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Consumer General Banking

5 ways legal moneylenders in Malaysia are different from Ah Longs

by JS Lim on 14 December 2017

When we think of moneylenders, we probably think of Ah Longs. With their “Pinjaman Berlesen” ads stuck all over Malaysia’s streets, throwing red paint, harassment, and even violence. Failing to...

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Contract General

5 ways you could sabotage your own court case

by JS Lim on 11 December 2017

The characters and events in the example below are purely fictional. Any similarity or resemblance to reality is purely coincidental.   Jitendra’s heart drops. He just lost a court case...

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Consumer General

If an event gets cancelled in Malaysia, can you get a refund?

by JS Lim on 05 December 2017

You might be an avid event goer, whether you love cultural conventions, marathons, or even music concerts like Jay Chou's upcoming concert in 2018. You love the fact that the...

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Criminal General

If you get an uninvited guest in Malaysia, can you call the police?

by JS Lim on 03 December 2017

Imagine that your major cultural celebration is coming soon. For weeks you’ve been planning a dinner party for your friends and family. Despite having to chase some forgetful contractors over...

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Criminal

In Malaysia, poking holes in your condom (or removing it) may be considered rape

by JS Lim on 30 November 2017

Most of us accept that using any form of threat or force to have sexual intercourse with another person is rape. Our law agrees with that view; the definition of...

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Consumer General

Malaysian adventure parks must keep you safe by law. But... how safe?

by JS Lim on 29 November 2017

You might love going to adventure parks, whether it’s a wet world, an amusement park, or even just an indoor obstacle course. It means fun times with family and friends, and...

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Consumer General

Are Malaysian Telcos responsible for the Lowyat data breach? Can we sue them?

by JS Lim on 22 November 2017

It was 19 October 2017. Chances are that this was a normal day for you, scrolling through Facebook, laughing at funny posts or raging at the latest ridiculous thing a...

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Civil Family General Property

Are Malaysian "family trusts" only for rich people?

by JS Lim on 20 November 2017

If you ever watched teen high school movies, you might have heard the word “trust fund kids” thrown around. These are usually the obnoxious kids who come to school in...

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Civil Property

Who do you sue when you get injured in a lift? A Malaysian taxi driver fell 5 floors to find out.

by JS Lim on 16 November 2017

Have you ever imagined the following scenarios happening in a mall: The ceiling suddenly collapsing on top of you Someone falling off an escalator Falling down a lift shaft that’s...

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Criminal General

Can you legally carry weapons for self-defence in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 07 November 2017

Since a lot of us were young, we were given a bunch of advice to keep ourselves safe: “don’t follow strangers”, “don’t go out alone at night”, “stay away...

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Criminal General

Genting Casinos caused a law to be changed... in the UK??

by JS Lim on 04 November 2017

If you were to ask someone what “dishonest” means, they’ll probably say it refers to someone is lying, especially to cheat someone else. While that is how most people would...

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Family

5 ways Muslims can get divorced in Malaysia

by JS Lim on 31 October 2017

  Some of you already know that Muslims in Malaysia follow a different law from Non-Muslims when it comes to marriage. Islamic Family Law is provided under Islamic Family Law...

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General

7 things people do at mamak shops you didn’t know were illegal

by JS Lim on 24 October 2017

  Going to coffee shops is such a big part of Malaysian food culture that it might as well be called a national pastime. Whether it’s mamak shops, hawker centres,...

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Criminal General

If the Agong or Sultan made a mistake, is it seditious to point it out?

by JS Lim on 17 October 2017

  Time to time, you’ll hear of an incident where the Sultan or Crown Prince of a state speaks out against an issue, such as when the Sultan of Johor...

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Can Malaysian employers stop their ex-staff from joining a competitor?

by JS Lim on 10 October 2017

  Imagine you’re leaving your job to start your own company, or you’re joining a competitor to your current employer. You tender your resignation with the notice period, and on...

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Consumer Contract

5 ways you can (possibly) get around a no refund policy in Malaysia

by JS Lim on 06 October 2017

All too many times we have entered shops, chosen what we like, bought our items, and then we find this dangerous line printed on the receipt:- “No refunds or...

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Criminal General

Can Malaysian plainclothes police stop or arrest you?

by JS Lim on 03 October 2017

  We all generally accept that if uniformed police stop you and ask to see your identification, we should cooperate. But what if we are stopped by people in plainclothes...

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Is it legal to cycle on Malaysian highways?

by JS Lim on 29 September 2017

In early September 2017, there was an incident on the LATAR highway where 4 paralympian bikers training for the ASEAN Paralympic Games were injured in what looked like a hit-and-run. The driver who...

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If you illegally drive on the emergency lane in Malaysia and get hit, who's wrong?

by JS Lim on 24 September 2017

  You’re in the emergency lane of the highway one day. Suddenly, another car comes hurtling towards your vehicle and there’s a sickening crunch. Another car has just hit you...

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General

A lawyer asked his client to google a legal term. He immediately regretted it

by JS Lim on 19 September 2017

If you’ve ever been bombarded with jargon you didn’t understand, you already know how it feels like to read a document chock full of legal terms. There are already the...

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General

Are there laws that can stop North Korea from testing missiles?

by JS Lim on 15 September 2017

  You’ve probably heard the news that North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on 29 August 2017. Then, on 3 September they also successfully tested their most powerful...

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General

Are ambulances allowed to beat red traffic lights in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 14 September 2017

Some of our readers have asked us whether ambulances can beat traffic lights in an emergency.   One reader brought an incident that happened in Penang to our attention....

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General Traffic

What does Malaysian law say about car tinting?

by JS Lim on 12 September 2017

Have you ever noticed cars with their windows tinted so dark that even Superman would have trouble seeing through it? Maybe you had yours tinted lighter than those cars, but...

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General Intellectual Property

Can the MCMC legally block websites in malaysia?

by JS Lim on 09 September 2017

  So the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) made big headlines in our local news as well as gaming sites on 9 September 2017. The fighting game “Fight of...

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Property

In Malaysia, can I stop airplanes from flying over my property?

by JS Lim on 07 September 2017

This article only applies to the law of Peninsular Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak have their own Land Codes and as such, the law might be different.   There’s an old...

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General

These 2 Malaysian laws have been protecting our National Flag and Anthem for 54 years

by JS Lim on 29 August 2017

You know it’s Malaysia’s National Day when you start seeing the Jalur Gemilang being flown just about everywhere from on our cars to outside our houses, and it’s a time...

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Criminal

There's no law against upskirt recording in Malaysia. So what can we do?

by JS Lim on 24 August 2017

Time to time, we hear about a case of hidden spy cameras, or a peeping tom who “entered the wrong bathroom”, or even creepy guys taking upskirt videos of women....

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Consumer

Here’s why Malaysian pharmacies might refuse to sell you certain medicines

by JS Lim on 21 August 2017

This article was written with assistance from the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society and All Day Pharmacy. How many of you have ever been to a pharmacy where you asked for antibiotics,...

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Criminal

In Malaysia, you can be arrested for a crime even if you don’t actually do it

by JS Lim on 21 August 2017

It’s a crime to rob banks, bribe the police, and even commit suicide. If you wanted to commit a crime but didn’t do it in the end, everything is still...

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Consumer

5 common sales tactics used in Malaysia that are actually illegal

by JS Lim on 11 August 2017

Way too many scammers have been using underhanded methods to cheat consumers, one of the most famous being “private message me for price”. A lot of honest sellers use it...

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Civil

In Malaysia, shaming someone on social media could land you in jail

by JS Lim on 08 August 2017

You’re out for lunch. You’ve just finished your usual meal and are walking to your car. Then you see this. Image from ohmymedia The double parker didn’t leave a phone...

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General

Is DBKL allowed to detain homeless people because of the SEA games?

by JS Lim on 03 August 2017

There’s been recent news about the homeless being rounded up by DBKL to “clean up the streets of KL” ahead of the Sea Games this 19 August. But are the...

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General

What (legal) powers do security guards in Malaysia have?

by JS Lim on 31 July 2017

Guarded neighbourhoods and high-rise buildings have become commonplace in Malaysia. But we sometimes still get annoyed by the inconvenience of having to register at the guardhouse every time we go...

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If you spread rumors about 1MDB, you may actually hurt the investigation. Here's why

by JS Lim on 27 July 2017

We have freedom of speech in Malaysia, but that freedom to express and discuss is not absolute. On 24 July 2017, the Dewan Rakyat became chaotic after a motion to...

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Criminal

If you get arrested by the PDRM, does that mean you're guilty?

by JS Lim on 25 July 2017

The Myth If the police arrest you, it means that you’re guilty of a crime.

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Consumer

How do I use the Malaysian PDPA to stop telemarketers from calling me?

by JS Lim on 19 July 2017

You’re going through your day, working on that upcoming project your boss has high hopes on you for. It’s almost noon and you’re almost finished with that little bit more...

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General

These 5 laws from Malaysia's new Animal Welfare Act will make life better for animals

by JS Lim on 18 July 2017

[This article discusses specific sections of the new law. For the legal background, click here for a separate article] Back in 2015, the Malaysian Animal Welfare Act 2015 was passed...

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Family

5 Malaysian marriage laws you (probably) didn't know about

by JS Lim on 13 July 2017

Marriage seems straightforward. In civil law, minus the ceremony of your religion or custom, all you need in law is a valid registration with the Registrar of Marriages and adhere...

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Civil

Who pays if my car is damaged or stolen when I use valet parking?

by JS Lim on 10 July 2017

When using valet parking, do we ever take pause and think: we are handing over our car keys to a complete stranger, who then returns our car keys to whomever...

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Intellectual Property

If my art or music gets stolen, can Malaysian copyright law protect me?

by JS Lim on 04 July 2017

  If you’re a designer you may have heard of the Dentsu Utama disqualification from the Malaysia 4As advertising awards early last year. Two winning entries were found by Malaysia...

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Contract

Can I sue someone who promised to marry me (but doesn't) in Malaysia?

by JS Lim on 25 May 2017

You’re engaged to the love of your life. The wedding ceremony is set, invitations have been sent, and you’ve even paid the down payment for your new home. But one...