- 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 Score50 100 partly free
Internet Freedom Score58 100 partly free