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General Employment

A Malaysian employee was unfairly fired, so the company had to pay her RM1.13 million

by Mikaela A on 22 July 2020

If you were to get fired today—especially, without a solid reason—would you take take your employer to court? This may surprise you, but many Malaysians do file a case with...

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General Employment

A Msian stewardess was fired for being 'fat' AND the court agreed with the airline

by Mikaela A on 24 February 2020

Disclaimer: The airline had never referred to the flight supervisor as being ‘fat’. She had merely exceeded the weight limit for cabin crew. We used the word ‘fat’ for a...

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Contract General Property

Can Malaysian tenants get a discount on rent during the MCO?

by Mikaela A on 29 March 2020

At the time of writing, it’s Day 12 of the Movement Control Order (MCO). What was initially supposed to be a two-week order will now be carried out for a whole...

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Civil General

In Malaysia, can you sue a construction company for causing you an injury?

by Mikaela A on 22 September 2020

You might have read the news of two incidents last weekend, where two people narrowly missed death in two separate accidents. In the one on Friday, a wall from the MRR2 bridge broke...

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General Employment

A Malaysian man was fired for failing to update his Jobstreet profile

by Mikaela A on 09 September 2020

If you’re a working adult, you would know how job applications work. Besides just directly applying to the company, you can also apply online through websites like Jobstreet or Monster. If you...

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Consumer General

Here's 5 types of complaints you can make against sellers in Malaysia

by Mikaela A on 03 September 2020

Picture this: You’ve just purchased an item online and the seller says it will be delivered within a week. But the weeks turn into months and there’s no sign of...

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General

What was one of the earliest court cases after Merdeka in 1957? We find out

by Mikaela A on 31 August 2020

At the time of writing, it’s our 63rd Hari Merdeka. We were curious to know what the first court case after Merdeka was, and so we did some research. While it’s...

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General

4 things you didn't know require a police report in Malaysia

by Mikaela A on 25 August 2020

When we talk about police reports, the first thing that comes to mind is that there’s been a serious problem, or that a crime has taken place. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact,...

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Constitution General

A Malaysian girl was denied citizenship because she was born at home

by Mikaela A on 18 August 2020

While most of us were very likely born in hospitals, it’s not uncommon for babies in Malaysia to also be born at home. Regardless of where a baby is born, you...

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Civil General

Can Malaysians actually sue the person who started the Sivagangga cluster?

by Mikaela A on 11 August 2020

Even though Malaysia has entered the recovery stage of Covid-19, there seems to be another wave of the virus—the Sivagangga cluster. This cluster is believed to have been started by a Kedah man who...

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General Property

5 ways Malaysian landlords could be breaking the law

by Mikaela A on 06 August 2020

Despite tenancies being common, up until now, there isn’t a specific law in Malaysia for landlords and tenants. There have been talks of a new tenancy Act, but it’s currently still...

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Civil General Property

A Malaysian family got sued because their CCTV was pointed at the neighbour's house

by Mikaela A on 02 August 2020

If you go to just about any public place, you would easily find surveillance cameras, better known as CCTVs, around. In fact, many homes also have cameras in their compounds for...

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General Property

In Malaysia, what can you do if your condo management increases the maintenance fee?

by Mikaela A on 27 July 2020

Note: Although this article mentions ‘condo’, this law applies to all strata properties—any high rise residential building such as apartments and flats, as well as gated and guarded single-story communities. Imagine...

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General Employment

A Malaysian employee was unfairly fired, so the company had to pay her RM1.13 million

by Mikaela A on 22 July 2020

If you were to get fired today—especially, without a solid reason—would you take take your employer to court? This may surprise you, but many Malaysians do file a case with...

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Constitution General

4 ways Malaysians can permanently lose their citizenship

by Mikaela A on 16 July 2020

If you’re Malaysian, you would likely have these two documents that prove your citizenship: your MyKad and Malaysian passport. Citizenship laws in Malaysia are both complex and extensive, and you...

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General

What can someone do with your name, MyKad number, address and phone number?

by Mikaela A on 09 July 2020

Almost all of us have shopped online. When we shop, we easily give our name, address and contact number to the seller. Then when the item is delivered to us,...

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Consumer General

Maxis, Digi and 3 other telcos have been fined RM4.6 million...for 'bad service'

by Mikaela A on 06 July 2020

At some point, we’ve all had issues with our telco service providers. Regardless of which telco you use, you would have had some problem with connectivity, billing, and so on. When...

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General

A student who was bullied is suing her school AND the Malaysian govt for RM2 million

by Mikaela A on 29 June 2020

On 27th June 2020, The Star reported that a student was suing a few people, including her school, for a whopping RM2 million. She was said to have been severely bullied in 2019 by...

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Contract General Property

If a tenant damages your property in Malaysia, here's what you can do

by Mikaela A on 24 June 2020

Imagine this: You own a beautiful apartment in the heart of the city which you’ve rented out. One day you get a text from your tenant saying that an accident...

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General Employment

Malaysian employees may be penalized for discussing their salaries with colleagues

by Mikaela A on 18 June 2020

One day during lunch, you and your colleague start chatting about work. You then end up discussing salaries and your colleague points out that she’s earning lesser than you...even though...

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General Property

Malaysian developers can be allowed to complete your home late...for 3 reasons

by Mikaela A on 14 June 2020

As we all know, in the 3 months of the MCO, most things came to a standstill. Many businesses had to shut down during that time, and this included most of...

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General Employment

This is the government's plan to keep Malaysian employees from losing their jobs

by Mikaela A on 08 June 2020

When the MCO first started in March 2020, the Prime Minister announced an economic stimulus package worth RM250 billion known as PRIHATIN. This package was introduced to help many Malaysians...

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Corporate General

3 things Malaysian employers should know before shutting down their company

by Mikaela A on 02 June 2020

As the economy has been hit hard recently, you might have heard of many Malaysians losing their jobs in the last 2-3 months. While some companies have resorted to laying off...

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General Employment

3 things employees in Msia MUST be given if their company closes permanently

by Mikaela A on 20 May 2020

During this MCO period, we’ve seen many businesses take a hit due to a loss of income. Companies have taken several measures to stay afloat in this time, such as...

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General

Here are 5 unexpected reasons why Malaysians were arrested for violating the MCO

by Mikaela A on 13 May 2020

We’ve been under the MCO for close to two months now and recently, the Prime Minister announced a conditional MCO that will go on for at least another 3 weeks. Just as the...

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General Property

M'sian landlords may not need to declare tax on rental income. Here's how it works

by Mikaela A on 04 May 2020

Due to Covid-19, the past few months have been financially stressful for a lot of people. As many have lost their jobs and undergone massive pay cuts, the government has offered...

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General Employment

Here's why Msian companies can still cancel your job contract AFTER you sign it

by Mikaela A on 27 April 2020

You’ve been job-searching for months and attended more interviews than you can count. Finally, you get a call from your dream company telling you that you’ve been selected to join...

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General Employment

If you lost your job during the MCO, here's what you need to know

by Mikaela A on 21 April 2020

The whole world is currently panicking due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As this virus has spread all over the world and forced many countries to go into lockdown, national economies have been...

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General

We fact-check 5 social media posts that went viral during the MCO

by Mikaela A on 17 April 2020

For the last two to three months, the one thing everyone hasn’t stopped talking about is Covid-19. With things getting more serious over the last few weeks, people are getting more concerned for...

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Consumer General

Can airlines in Malaysia refuse to refund you for cancelling your flight?

by Mikaela A on 13 April 2020

We’re currently experiencing a pandemic due to Covid-19, with close to 2 million being infected worldwide at the time of writing. With 185 countries being affected by this virus so far, many have...

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General Employment

Msians can work during the MCO despite not being in an essential service. Here's how

by Mikaela A on 01 April 2020

As much as many of us love being at home, some of us are waiting for this MCO to end so that we can go back to work. All of us...

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Contract General Property

Can Malaysian tenants get a discount on rent during the MCO?

by Mikaela A on 29 March 2020

At the time of writing, it’s Day 12 of the Movement Control Order (MCO). What was initially supposed to be a two-week order will now be carried out for a whole...

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Consumer General

Here's how Malaysians can report sellers who sell face masks at ridiculous prices

by Mikaela A on 23 March 2020

From the time Covid-19 started, people all around the world having been scrambling to get two things (besides toilet paper): face masks and hand sanitizers. And Malaysians have been doing likewise....

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Criminal General

Leaving your house without a good reason during Covid-19 can get you jailed in Malaysia

by Mikaela A on 18 March 2020

Covid-19: the one thing that just about every person has been talking about. And in the last two weeks, we’ve seen a high spike in cases in Malaysia. So to...

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Criminal General

6 reasons Malaysians can be stopped from leaving the country

by Mikaela A on 15 March 2020

You’re waiting in the Immigration queue at KLIA, and in just 2 hours, you’ll be off for your holiday to the Maldives. You’re so excited, that you can’t wait to...

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Here are 4 things that used to be legal in Malaysia... but are illegal now

by Mikaela A on 09 March 2020

If you were to trace back on how Malaysia's laws are what they are today, you'd have to look back at least 600 years into the past. During that time,...

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Criminal General

Here are 3 things that can happen if someone reports you to PDRM

by Mikaela A on 04 March 2020

It’s Saturday night and you’re at home with your family watching TV. Then you hear the doorbell ring. You think it’s the GrabFood delivery guy, but much to your surprise...

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General Property

Just got the keys? Here are 5 things Msian developers must do for your new home

by Mikaela A on 27 February 2020

You’ve just received a letter from your developer saying that the new home you purchased is now ready! You’re all excited to move in. But did you know that there...

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General Employment

A Msian stewardess was fired for being 'fat' AND the court agreed with the airline

by Mikaela A on 24 February 2020

Disclaimer: The airline had never referred to the flight supervisor as being ‘fat’. She had merely exceeded the weight limit for cabin crew. We used the word ‘fat’ for a...

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General Property

Can you get your money back if your uncompleted condo collapses in Msia?

by Mikaela A on 19 February 2020

If you read the news on 14th February 2020, you might know about a condo that collapsed in Taman Desa. Portions of the condo, which was still being built, collapsed during...

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General Employment

Can Malaysian companies cut your pay without giving you notice?

by Mikaela A on 13 February 2020

It’s pay day, and you’re glad because you finally don’t have to be broke… for another few weeks at least. You have a whole lot of bills to pay but you’re...

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Civil Consumer General

Can you sue an airline in Malaysia for losing your luggage?

by Mikaela A on 10 February 2020

Note: This law actually applies to any airline, Malaysian or foreign, as long as you had flown to or from Malaysia. After a long 12-hour flight, you’ve finally landed in...

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A Penang man gave the best reason when he was caught selling erotic books in 1963...

by Mikaela A on 03 February 2020

Every now and then we chance upon an interesting case that gives us the giggles for days, and this time we found one from over 50 years ago. The 1963...

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Civil General

Why is Indira Gandhi suing the current IGP for something the ex-IGP failed to do?

by Mikaela A on 30 January 2020

If you’re one to closely follow the news in Malaysia, you would most likely know who Indira Gandhi is. She made headlines when she fought for the custody of her children...

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In Malaysia, can you be punished for breaking a law you didn't know exists?

by Mikaela A on 28 January 2020

Picture this: you’re out with your friends having a cigarette. Suddenly, a PDRM officer comes up to you telling you that you’ve committed an offence for smoking in a non-smoking zone. You’re...

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Who was Malaysia's first female lawyer?

by Mikaela A on 20 January 2020

In April 2019, history was made when Tengku Maimun became Malaysia’s first female Chief Justice. She is the 10th Chief Justice and after 9 men, Malaysia finally saw a woman leading the judiciary....

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General Property

4 things your condo management can sue YOU for in Malaysia

by Mikaela A on 15 January 2020

*Applicable to strata properties in West Malaysia and the Federal Territory in Labuan. Strata properties are condos, apartments, flats, any high- rise property and gated property. If you’re an ardent...

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Civil General Property

5 things Malaysian condo owners can sue their management for

by Mikaela A on 01 January 2020

Note: Although we mention “condo management” throughout this article, this law also applies to apartments, flats, any high rise property and also gated properties in Malaysia. If you live in...

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Constitution General Criminal

If PDRM arrests you, do you have the right to remain silent?

by Mikaela A on 26 December 2019

Picture this: you’re out having dinner with your friends and suddenly, a group of men in blue – PDRM – come up to you, informing you that you are under arrest. You’re too...

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Criminal General

Can lie detector results of Anwar's accuser be used as evidence in court?

by Mikaela A on 19 December 2019

In crime movies, if the police manage to arrest the suspect, you would most likely see him being interrogated after that. When the suspect doesn’t want to confess or share any...

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Civil General

In 2004, a Malaysian man sued his dad for not paying his school fees. Here's how it ended

by Mikaela A on 12 December 2019

Pretty much all of us have had misunderstandings and disagreements with our family members. We might be highly irritated with them and not want to talk to them. Or, we...

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General Employment

In Malaysia, can you withdraw your resignation letter after submitting it?

by Mikaela A on 05 December 2019

Imagine this: One day, you get into an argument with your boss and, in an impulsive decision, you decide to quit. You send out an e-mail to your whole team, including your boss, saying you’re...

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Constitution General

Here's how a 'non-Muslim' religious group sued JAIS in court and won the case

by Mikaela A on 25 June 2019

[Klik sini untuk versi Bahasa Malaysia]   Many of us would have heard of the name JAIS before but, if you have no idea who they are, they are the...

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General

PERHILITAN wants to improve wildlife protection laws, and they want your suggestions!

by Mikaela A on 09 June 2019

A few days into June 2019, social media was abuzz with the news of a sun bear that was spotted in a condo in Kuala Lumpur. Rewind a few days before...

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Constitution General

The case of suspected misconduct by 6 EC members during GE14 was dropped. But why?

by Mikaela A on 29 May 2019

GE14 was historic because for the very first time, we had a change in government. But many of us who were eagerly waiting for the results remember that it took...

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Constitution General

Is it illegal to be an atheist in Malaysia?

by Mikaela A on 27 May 2019

The Rukun Negara is something all of us had to say every Monday morning during our school assemblies. But how many of us actually understood what was being said, instead...

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Civil General

In Malaysia, can you cut your neighbour's tree if it grows into your compound… and steal its fruit?

by Mikaela A on 24 May 2019

[Klik sini untuk artikel Bahasa Malaysia]   So it’s been awhile since your neighbour’s mango tree has been growing over your fence. You’ve been putting up with it all this...

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Civil Contract Corporate General

AirAsia wanted to sue KLIA2 but ended up suing the Aviation Commission... wait, what?

by Mikaela A on 21 May 2019

In mid May 2019, it was announced that AirAsia and its sister company AirAsia X were going to take MAVCOM to court. AirAsia wasn’t going to sue MAVCOM in court. Instead it...

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Criminal General

Encouraging someone to commit suicide is a crime in Malaysia....even by Instagram poll

by Mikaela A on 16 May 2019

On May 13th 2019, a teenager committed suicide by jumping off the 3rd floor of a shop lot. Her death made global headlines because she had run a poll on Instagram asking...

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Consumer General

Digi and Celcom are planning to merge. How will this affect their customers?

by Mikaela A on 09 May 2019

So a few days ago, you might have heard of the news that Digi and Celcom are going to merge to become the largest telco provider in Malaysia. This news led...

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Property

Certain home renovations in Malaysia may not require permits. Here's why

by Mikaela A on 07 May 2019

Be it building a wall, redoing the tiles or extending our porch, almost all of us would have had our homes renovated at some point in time. It seems like...

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Civil General

Is it illegal to record the PDRM when they stop you at a roadblock?

by Mikaela A on 02 May 2019

Most times, when we want to prove something or use something as evidence, the first thing we would do is to take out our phones and start recording or snapping...

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General

Can the Malaysian government take your property if you die without a will?

by Mikaela A on 24 April 2019

Will-writing has been around for the longest time and has been a practice in many cultures. However, many don’t like talking about wills and death because they feel it might...

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Civil Constitution Family General

The Malaysian government was sued by a 6 year old in 2014. Here's what happened

by Mikaela A on 16 April 2019

(Update on 27/09/2019: After an 11 year wait, Yu Sheng Meng finally received a letter approving his citizenship from the Home Ministry. Yu was granted his citizenship under Article 15A...

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General

Can ambulances in Malaysia be sued if they arrive late?

by Mikaela A on 28 March 2019

  Imagine if you were a patient or the family member of a patient who needed to get to the hospital urgently. The ambulance arrived, but on the way to the...

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Can you sue the PDRM if they respond too late to your emergency call?

by Mikaela A on 25 March 2019

When you’re in danger or you feel unsafe, the first thing you will most likely think of is calling the police – with the expectation that they’ll arrive within minutes to...

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General

7 MORE Malaysian laws you didn't know existed

by Mikaela A on 16 March 2019

We hear of laws being passed from time to time and many of them, such as the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Penal Code often make the headlines. But these...

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Civil General Property

Can condo managements in Malaysia be sued for letting your condo become run down?

by Mikaela A on 11 March 2019

  The weather’s perfect and you’re thinking of going for a swim. You get to the pool, all ready to jump in when you notice that the pool looks disgusting....