Age of Majority Act 1971

The Age of Majority Act 1971 (Malay: Akta Umur Dewasa 1971), is a Malaysian laws which enacted to amend and consolidate the law relating to the age of majority.

Age of Majority Act 1971
Parliament of Malaysia
CitationAct 21
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted byDewan Rakyat
Passed17 March 1971
Enacted byDewan Negara
Passed26 March 1971
Royal assent22 April 1971
Commenced29 April 1971
Effective30 April 1971
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Dewan RakyatAge of Majority Bill 1971
Introduced byAbdul Kadir Yusuf, Attorney General
First reading9 March 1971
Second reading17 March 1971
Third reading17 March 1971
Bill introduced in the Dewan NegaraAge of Majority Bill 1971
Introduced byAbdul Kadir Yusuf, Attorney General
First reading22 March 1971
Second reading26 March 1971
Third reading26 March 1971
Related legislation
Age of Majority Act 1961 [Act 9 of 1961]
Subsection 2(1) of the Interpretation Ordinance of Sabah [Cap. 63]
Subsection 3(1) of the Interpretation and General Clauses Enactment 1963 of Sabah [En. 34 of 1963]
Subsection 3(1) of the Interpretation Ordinance of Sarawak [Cap. 1]
Keywords
Age of majority
Status: In force

According to this Act, the age of majority is 18 years old, so that below than 18 years old is considered as minor. The age of majority should not be confused with other type of ages (e.g. voting age, marriageable age, age of consent, legal working age, school leaving age, legal driving age, smoking age, legal drinking age, age of criminal responsibility, age of candidacy for political offices, etc.) because different age is set for these type of ages.

Nothing in this Act shall affect:

(a) the capacity of any person to act in the following matters, namely, marriage, divorce, dower and adoption;

(b) the religion and religious rites and usages of any class of persons within Malaysia;

(c) any provision in any other written law contained fixing the age of majority for the purposes of that written law.

Structure

The Age of Majority Act 1971, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of only 5 sections and 1 schedule (including no amendment), without separate Parts.

  • Section 1: Short title
  • Section 2: Age of majority
  • Section 3: Interpretation
  • Section 4: Savings
  • Section 5: Repeal
  • Schedule

References

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