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Criminal General

Is it a crime to watch porn online in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 10 January 2018

[Artikel ini juga tersedia dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Klik sini untuk baca!]   Malaysia is well known for having one of the tightest regulations in regards to media in the world, especially censorship....

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Malaysians can now hire maids ONLINE. Here's how.

by chiahoong lim on 15 January 2018

From the late 90s until the recent past, most people, whether private employers or homeowners, have always needed to hire foreign maids to work for them through foreign maid agencies....

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If you hit a double parked car in Malaysia, who's wrong?

by chiahoong lim on 27 September 2017

Most Malaysians are no strangers to double parking, and it’s a topic that everyone has an opinion about since it has the potential to incur mind-boggling amounts of frustration. We may remember an...

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5 reasons that prove the authors of the Malaysian Highway Code had absolutely no chill

by chiahoong lim on 08 March 2018

If you’ve ever tried reading any act of law, you’d know that it’s drier than a stale biscuit in the Sahara desert. That’s what we thought too, until we started...

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Criminal General

In Malaysia, "insanity" is not the best excuse for a crime. Here's why.

by chiahoong lim on 06 March 2018

Imagine you have a colleague at work who’s super annoying. This guy’s the worst, right? So one day you happened to watch Primal Fear on HBO and think to yourself, “Hey,...

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Consumer

Can you sue for a misleading advertisement in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 25 February 2018

“We have the best fried chicken in the world!”  “This bottle of multivitamins can cure your depression!” “This cream can make your skin whiter than snow!” We’ve all come across...

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Civil General

What happens if your opponent doesn't "show up" in court in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 20 February 2018

One fine day you were walkin’ down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly, a car hits you. As you lose consciousness, you see someone get out of the...

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Criminal General

Is it illegal for Malaysians to gamble at home?

by chiahoong lim on 12 February 2018

There’s the common perception that gambling is illegal in Malaysia, and that’s true to a large extent. There are exceptions, like the casinos up in the Genting Resorts, and the...

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Criminal General Traffic

What are Malaysia's laws on drinking and driving?

by chiahoong lim on 08 February 2018

According to a study done by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, about 23.3% of drivers in fatal accidents were tested positive for alcohol, according to this study done...

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Criminal General

Can the PDRM use torture to make you admit that you committed a crime?

by chiahoong lim on 05 February 2018

The feature image above depicts a case of police brutality, which is unrelated to the topic of this article. You can read about that specific case here.  If you’ve heard...

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Civil General

How do you even start suing someone in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 01 February 2018

Many people have never known this, but there are different “ways” to bring cases to civil court in Malaysia. In criminal cases, what usually happens is the accused person is...

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Civil General

If a careless driver killed someone, can the victim's family sue for financial support?

by chiahoong lim on 30 January 2018

Sometimes, bad things happen when people get careless. In extra bad situations when people get careless, someone could lose their life. Imagine you’re takin’ a stroll down Bukit Bintang with...

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Criminal General

Is it a crime to throw rubbish out of an apartment balcony in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 24 January 2018

It’s been known for years that some residents of flats, apartments and sometimes even condominiums dispose of their trash in very… “creative” ways. Out their windows, off their balconies, off...

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Consumer General

If there's a fly in your teh tarik, you can sue because of a Scottish snail

by chiahoong lim on 19 January 2018

Now that was a story all about how The law of negligence got flipped turn upside down And I’d like to take a minute Just sit right there I’m gonna...

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Malaysians can now hire maids ONLINE. Here's how.

by chiahoong lim on 15 January 2018

From the late 90s until the recent past, most people, whether private employers or homeowners, have always needed to hire foreign maids to work for them through foreign maid agencies....

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Criminal General

Is it a crime to watch porn online in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 10 January 2018

[Artikel ini juga tersedia dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Klik sini untuk baca!]   Malaysia is well known for having one of the tightest regulations in regards to media in the world, especially censorship....

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Why do Malaysian lawyers and judges dress so funny?

by chiahoong lim on 03 January 2018

If you’ve seen American legal dramas or movies, the judges and lawyers in them dress in quite a simple manner – with lawyers showing up in a regular suit and tie. Contrast...

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Constitution Criminal General

5 unresolved legal issues Malaysia can put on the 2018 bucket list

by chiahoong lim on 29 December 2017

For the past few years, Youtube posts year-end wrap-up video called Youtube Rewind – a sort of recap on what’s been hot and trending on the site in the past year. You can...

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Consumer General

5 consumer rights you didn't know you had in Malaysia

by chiahoong lim on 27 December 2017

In this highly capitalist society, everyone is a consumer (unless you have very strong socialist tendencies, komrads). Because of this high volume of consumption, we are protected by the government...

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Civil Criminal General

If you're a Mr Nice Guy will you get a lighter sentence in Malaysian courts?

by chiahoong lim on 20 December 2017

Imagine that you are looking around in a major clothing store. Out of the corner of your eye you see a sweater that you fancy. After trying it out for...

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Can you be detained without trial in Malaysia even with the ISA repealed?

by chiahoong lim on 17 December 2017

Under normal circumstances, when the police arrests you without a warrant, you must be brought before a magistrate without unnecessary delay and police detention of the arrested person is limited...

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Consumer General

Does the Malaysian government do anything to make sure that food is safe, and real?

by chiahoong lim on 13 December 2017

In the advent of the recent case of fake baby formula in Johor, there is good reason to take a look into what the law is on certification of authentic...

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Consumer General

If your doctor doesn't tell you what can go wrong, you can sue them under Malaysian law

by chiahoong lim on 07 December 2017

We’ve all heard the “surgeon left a pair of surgical scissors/bandages/foreign object in your body” horror story before, and we know that we can definitely sue for that. What if...

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Constitution Criminal General

Malaysian courts got rid of the jury system in 1995 because of a...bomoh??

by chiahoong lim on 04 December 2017

[Versi Bahasa Malaysia di sini]   We’ve all seen incredible courtroom scenes from movies. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wire, Arrested Development, Philadelphia, Primal Fear. You may remember a panel...

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Criminal General

What is an unnatural death and why does the PDRM get involved?

by chiahoong lim on 28 November 2017

Dying is not a fun affair (although there’s the word ‘fun’ in ‘funeral’). On top of dealing with the death itself, there’s a bunch of formalities to sort out. This...

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General

What powers do the Auxiliary Police (Polis Bantuan) have in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 23 November 2017

We’ve all (mostly?) seen the friendly neighbourhood Auxiliary Police (Polis Bantuan) at LRT/MRT/other train stations and at malls – you know, the guys who kinda look like cops, but you see the...

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Consumer General Traffic

What private car modifications are illegal in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 15 November 2017

There’s no denying that Tokyo Drift is the best movie in the Fast and Furious franchise. Modified Japanese street cars, great cinematography, excellent location, what’s not to like? Now that...

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Consumer Family General

Are you legally required to vaccinate your child in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 06 November 2017

It’s a wonderful time we live in (relatively speaking). Life expectancy is at an all time high (the global average is 71.5 years), technology, healthcare, and less people dying violently...

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Industrial Employment

If your boss refuses to pay you in Malaysia, what can you do?

by chiahoong lim on 01 November 2017

Let’s begin by sitting back and imagining two scenarios: Scenario 1: Taking the elevator up to the floor your office is on, lukewarm coffee in your hand, you smile a little...

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Criminal

Does Malaysian law allow cannibalism if you had no choice?

by chiahoong lim on 27 October 2017

If you’re a cannibal, never show up late for dinner, or you may get the cold shoulder. Jokes aside, cannibalism is a major taboo in most civilizations, although cases still...

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General

Do local councils have the power to put down dogs in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 20 October 2017

Everyone loves dogs. Any of us with a pet dog can attest that they are godsent creatures that are at times too good for us. It’s so much so that we...

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Civil Consumer Contract

If your doctor has no license in Malaysia, here's what you can do

by chiahoong lim on 17 October 2017

It seems like us humans are silly ol’ creatures. We tend to trust figures in lab coats, at times without thinking about it. This is no one’s fault since there’s...

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Traffic

What happens if you can no longer work after getting into an accident in Malaysia?

by chiahoong lim on 11 October 2017

Imagine this scenario… you’re crossing the street while the pedestrian crossing light is green. All of a sudden a car comes along and hits you, running over your leg. Your...

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General

If you hit a double parked car in Malaysia, who's wrong?

by chiahoong lim on 27 September 2017

Most Malaysians are no strangers to double parking, and it’s a topic that everyone has an opinion about since it has the potential to incur mind-boggling amounts of frustration. We may remember an...

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Civil

If a car hits a motorcycle in Malaysia, is it automatically the car's fault?

by chiahoong lim on 02 September 2017

Note: The above image is from a crash test conducted by MIROS. No real people were hurt. So you're driving down, say, the Federal Highway one day. The sun is...