4 Things You Should Know About Malaysia’s Official Secrets Act

After the recent blowout over the leaked UPSR papers, many of you may have noticed a throwaway line at the bottom of most news articles reporting the leaks, stating that suspects were being investigated under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.

Whoever knows what that means, angkat tangan.


If you raised your hand, good for you! But we’re guessing most of you just gave us some blank stares. The truth is, compared to its more glamorous cousins, the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Sedition Act, the OSA is much more of a wallflower, staying quiet at family dinners while everyone else hogs the attention. But when called to the fore, it’s just as capable of delivering some nasty zingers to those it deems worthy of its attention.

Published: November 2014

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