The law presumes that a person is of good character, unless proven otherwise. If a statement about a person is defamatory and affects the reputation of that person in the eyes of the public, that person may have a claim for defamation against the maker of that defamatory statement. The governing legislation for defamation in…

The Malaysian legislature has introduced a new Section 114A into the Evidence Act 1950. This amendment will significantly impact the law governing internet publications by persons in Malaysia, including news reporting, blogging and interactions in the social media. The amendment will allow the prosecution or a plaintiff to rely on a presumption of fact to prove the identity of the person responsible for an internet publication. Essentially, the internet user identified in the amendment is deemed to be the publisher of content, unless the user proves otherwise. The burden of proof has shifted.