Crime in Malaysia

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Crime in Malaysia manifests in various forms, including murder, drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, corruption, black marketeering, and many others.

Human trafficking[edit]

Malaysia is a destination, supply and transit point for women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.[1] Women and girls from Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are trafficked to Malaysia.[1] Malaysia is a transit country along with Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand in Chinese human trafficking.[2] Women from Malaysia are trafficked into the People's Republic of China.[2] Migrants from countries in the region work as domestic servants and laborers in the construction and agricultural sectors and face exploitative conditions.[1]

Between 2005 to September 2009, more than 36,858 women were arrested for prostitution in Malaysia.[3]

Drug trafficking[edit]

Drug trafficking is a problem, heroin being the primarily used drug.[1] Drug trafficking is punishable by the death penalty,[4] a measure which was introduced during the 1980s to combat drug offenses, and was highlighted following the 1986 execution of Kevin John Barlow and Brian Geoffrey Chambers.

Crime against tourists[edit]

Violent crime against foreign tourists is less frequent in Malaysia;[5] however, pickpocketing and burglaries are common criminal activities directed against foreigners.[5] Other types of non-violent crime include credit card fraud and motor vehicle theft;[5] credit card fraud has a high rate in the country.[5][6] Scams are a problem in Kuala Lumpur which involve card games and purchase of gold jewellery.[4]


Corruption is a problem, but less common than in most other countries in Southeast Asia.[7] Only Singapore is considered less corrupt by the Transparency International (TI).[7] Malaysia suffers from corporate fraud in the form of intellectual property theft.[8] Counterfeit production of several goods including IT products, automobile parts, etc., are prevalent.[8]

In 2013, Malaysia has been identified as one of the most corrupt country in the world beating the neighboring countries and China. This is according to survey done by Ernst and Young.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "CIA World Factbook - Malaysia". CIA World Factbook. 
  2. ^ a b Kimberley L. Thachuk (2007). Transnational Threats. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. p134. ISBN 0-275-99404-X. 
  3. ^ "36,858 women believed to be prostitutes detained since 2005 - Police". 
  4. ^ a b Simon Richmond (2007). Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Lonely Planet. pp. p488. ISBN 1-74059-708-7. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Consular Information Sheet: Malaysia".  Bureau of Consular Affairs
  6. ^ Aneace Haddad (2005). A New Way to Pay: Creating Competitive Advantage through the EMV Smart Card Standard. Gower Publishing Ltd. pp. p5. ISBN 0-566-08688-3. 
  7. ^ a b Darryl S. L. Jarvis (2003). International Business Risk: A Handbook for the Asia-Pacific Region. Cambridge University Press. pp. p219. ISBN 0-521-82194-0. 
  8. ^ a b Darryl S. L. Jarvis (2003). International Business Risk: A Handbook for the Asia-Pacific Region. Cambridge University Press. pp. p220. ISBN 0-521-82194-0. 
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