The War on Drugs in Malaysia: Reform or Retrogress?

This article is contributed by Hanna Haizal, who is currently a Research Assistant at the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERIA), University of Malaya. She currently works on drug policy and prison reform.

In conjunction with the National Anti-Drugs Day on 19 February 2021, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin announced that the Drug and Substance Abuse Act will replace the Drug Dependence (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983 later this year. This announcement then begs the following questions: What does this mean for the drug policy landscape in Malaysia? Are we finally seeing the end of the War on Drugs? … More The War on Drugs in Malaysia: Reform or Retrogress?

Malaysiakini’s Intermediary Liability from an International Lens

The Federal Court recently by a 6-1 majority found Malaysia’s largest independent news site, Malaysiakini, guilty of contempt for comments posted by its readers for disparaging the judiciary. A fine of RM500,000 was imposed on Malaysiakini. This article will discuss the case from an international perspective as well as its relation to Malaysian law. … More Malaysiakini’s Intermediary Liability from an International Lens