Malaysia Polis – AFP pic
Many Malaysians do not know their rights when they have to deal with police in Malaysia. It is important that we know what these rights are to better protect ourselves. Below are your legal rights when you are stopped and questioned by the police as provided by the Malaysian Bar Redbook pamphlet.
1. POLICE STOP YOU
1.1 Not in uniform, ask for identification
Say: “Please, show me your Police authority card“.
1.2 Police authority card
Red : Suspended Police Officer. He has no authority to do anything to you. Walk away.
• Blue : Rank of Inspector and above
• Yellow : Below the rank of Inspector
• White : Reserve police
Note his name and Police authority card number.
1.3 In uniform
Note his name and ID number on his uniform.
Note the number plate of the patrol car or motorcycle.
2. POLICE QUESTION YOU WHEN STOPPED
2.1 Your identification
Only give your name, ID card number and address.
2.2 The police ask other questions
Politely ask, “Am I under arrest?”
2.3 When you are under arrest
You are arrested if the Police:
• tell you “yes”;
• do not allow you to leave/want to take you to the Police Station; or
• handcuff you.
If you are not under arrest, you may walk away/refuse to follow him back to the Police Station or anywhere else, if asked.
2.4 When you cannot be arrested
The Police cannot arrest you just because you are a potential witness and they want to take a statement from you (Witness/112 Statement). Read more