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Issue 43 – Battle Your Friends in our Trivia Night



Apa khabar? Malaysia’s performance review for Q1 has been quite promising : new initiatives, new investments, law reviews and more proposals. A good warm up, but we probably should start running now. 

Source: Tenor

Niresh Kaur, Shambavi Shankar

Fun stuff coming up!


What’s the tea in Malaysia?

sipping tea
Source: Tenor /Peehoo

Word of advice: Don’t wave a knife in public 

Recently, a man in Sabah was charged under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958 whereby if found guilty, he will be imprisoned for a term not less than 5 years and not exceeding 10 years, and whipping.

What did he do to end up in this predicament? He rode a bike while waving a knife in public. The Section above states that any person who possesses any offensive weapon in any public road or place is guilty of an offence.

Source: Tenor / AdmiralDazzi

Someone showed us the following screenshot from The Star and asked why the man was charged under this Act. 

Source: The Star

The answer: The full name of the Act is Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, hence the confusion. Looks like someone took a shortcut.

Translation: All because of cost cutting
Source: Tenor / amazonminiTV

Trivia time: Will this section apply if you waved a knife in your bedroom, a private setting?

Where do we draw the line when choosing not to obstruct an officer from doing his duties?

Recently, an elderly man was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing government officials from carrying out their duties.

What happened? The said man attempted to ‘save’ the stray dogs by trying to bring them into his premise. This thwarted the attempt of MBPJ officers from capturing these dogs. In the melee, the man was accidentally hit by the officer, as seen in the recording. 

Upon the case going viral, news surfaced that this man will be charged with disrupting a public servant. What really is the standard operating procedure (SOP) in instances like this?

Source: Tenor / CrystalBethany

Trivia time: Legally, can you beat up an officer who accidentally hit you first? 

Latest update on the Basikal Lajak case 

Case in discussion: Sam Ke Ting, was charged on March 28, 2017 was charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act with “reckless or dangerous driving” of a car. 


Last Friday in court: Her lawyer, Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik argued that the conviction is illegal as the charge against her is defective.

The lawyer explained that there are three distinct offences under Section 41(a) of the Road Transport Act 1987, and the prosecutors in this case erroneously lumped reckless driving with dangerous driving, which is not allowed. The argument is that the charges against Sam were not specific enough, which could affect the validity of her conviction.

He also argued that the prosecutor’s inconsistent stance throughout the case showed a failure of justice, as they kept changing their position on the charge against Sam. 

Still ongoing but what’s next: The hearing will resume on April 11, as the DPP Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman requested two hours to submit.

Source: Tenor / highcastleamazon

Trivia time: (TW: Question may be a little dark) If you run over someone, killing them, do you have a duty to report this to the nearby police station? 

Other highlights of the week:

1. The Apex Court, in a majority decision, said no to Najib in his bid to review his conviction and sentence in the SRC case.

Source: Tenor

2. Free trade with the UK – the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, recently announced that the UK will be signing their first-ever free trade agreement with Malaysia. This would mean zero tariffs on goods exported from the UK to Malaysia.

We predict some noise from PAS. 

3. It’s no longer table talk since the Abolition of Mandatory Death Penalty Bill 2023 was passed via a voice vote after it was tabled for its third reading in Parliament today, 3rd April.

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Legal Lingo of the Week – Habeas corpus

The term “habeas corpus” is derived from Latin, which translates to “you shall have the body”. 

Ahem, let’s not take things literally here.

The writ of habeas corpus, shortened to habeas corpus, is an order issued by a court or judge, requiring a person who has been detained or imprisoned to be brought before the court to ensure that their detention is lawful.

In Malaysia, habeas corpus is a right given to you under Article 5(2) of the Federal Constitution

Next time someone asks if you’re familiar with habeas corpus, go ahead and impress them with your legal trivia knowledge.


Question of the week

Q: Did you know that in Malaysia, the legal minimum age for marriage is 18 years old? However, there is a legal exception that allows Muslim girls under the age of 16 to marry – Can you guess what this legal loophole is?

Source: Tenor

Answer for last week’s question

Q: You would have heard the term PIDM a lot, especially when signing forms related to your bank and insurance. But what exactly is the Malaysian Deposit Insurance Corporation Act (PIDM)?

A: PIDM is a government agency that protects your deposits in member banks and insurance companies. Don’t worry too much about finding out if your bank is covered because by law, all commercial banks licensed under the Financial Services Act (FSA) 2013 and all Islamic banks licensed under the Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA) 2013 fall under this agency. Chances are, your bank does too. 

Fun fact: Your funds are protected by PIDM. However, PIDM only protects up to RM250,000 per depositor per member bank. We’d advise you to have more bank accounts if your savings exceeds the above mentioned amount but why aren’t you investing?

Source: Tenor / notsure500

Note: Investment banks, banks operating in foreign countries and a few more are not member banks. 
Got questions? Email us at apakhabar @ whatsrightmy(dot)com 

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