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header1 Issues of concern

  • UMNO and the PAS are defenders of long-standing policies that favor the ethnic Malay and Muslim majority. While Malaysia is religiously diverse, legal provisions restrict religious freedom.
  • A lack of independent oversight regarding state-affiliated companies and investment funds has long created conditions conducive to corruption.
  • The change of government in March 2020 brought increased government pressure on private media.

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  • Global Freedom Score

    53 100 partly free
  • Internet Freedom Score

    61 100 partly free