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Organised crime in Malaysia is most frequently associated with piracy in the Malacca Strait and elsewhere in Southeast Asian waters, though most piratical attacks in the region are opportunistic and not part of systematic, organised criminal enterprises. Malaysia's criminal law is in many ways identical to that of Singapore. The Malaysian Penal Code is based on the old Penal Code of India that was introduced into the British colonies in the late 1800s. Unlike Singapore, however, no amendments to these provisions were made following Malaysia's accession to the Palermo Convention. Malaysia's Societies Act 1966 follows the same principles as similar legislation in Singapore and Hong Kong, though Malaysia's laws are less elaborate.

Keywords: Malaysia; Organised Crime; Palermo Convention; Penal Code; Societies Act



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