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Is it an offence to hold hand in the park in Malaysia?

February 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

As mentioned in my last post, I will be writing on the above issue. 

In may incidents, you may hear that couple was fined by local town council for behaving in a disorderly manner in the park in Malaysia. Some alleged that they were just holding hand.

I think mere holding hand is definitely not an offence in Malaysia  but if you would to behave in a disorderly manner in any park then you may be in breach of the local council’s regulations.



Relevant Malaysian Laws (for KL):

Section 8(1) of Park (Federal Territory) By-laws 1981 provides that
Any person found behaving in a disorderly manner in any park commits an offence.

This provision is a by-law enacted by the DBKL (Kuala Lumpur Town Council). The word ‘disorderly manner’ is not defined in the said By-Laws.


Section 10 of Park (Federal Territory) By-laws 1981 prescribes for punishment for the offence committed under Section 8(1) of the same Act. The offence of behaving in a disorderly manner in any park carries a maximum fine of RM 2,000 or a year’s jail, or both.

As mentioned, the definition of “disorderly manner” is not defined in the By-laws. As such, it would really be crucial if the court can provide the interpretation of these words.

So what do you think should not amount to “disorderly manner”?

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reena // Feb 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I tot this kind of law only in syariah, never tot in civil exist.

  • 2 Michelle // Feb 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

    The term ‘disorderly’ should equate with ‘disruptive’ and, although I realize it may be a cultural thing, I really fail to say how holding hands in public could possibly be considered disuptive.

    Now obviously, there’s a big difference between holding hands and, for example, engaging in sexual intercourse in public. So if you look at that comparision, I think it should give a pretty good frame of reference for what might be considerd disorderly and what might not in that kind of context.

  • 3 Eddie Law // Feb 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Reena – there are both different standard in syariah and civil case.

    Michelle – thanks for your valuable input.

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