Kidnapping Act 1961

The Kidnapping Act 1961 (Malay: Akta Penculikan 1961), is a Malaysian laws which enacted to provide for the detection and punishment of the offences of abduction, wrongful restraint and wrongful confinement for ransom and other related offences and for matters incidental thereto.

Kidnapping Act 1961
Parliament of Malaysia
CitationAct 365
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted byDewan Rakyat
Passed9 August 1961
Enacted1961 (Act No. 41 of 1961) & 1963 (Act No. 5 of 1963)
Revised: 1989 (Act 365 w.e.f. 13 April 1989)
Enacted byDewan Negara
Passed26 June 1961
Effective[Peninsular Malaysia—21 September 1961;
Sabah and Sarawak—24 February 1989, P.U. (A) 56/1989;
Federal Territory of Labuan—24 February 1989, P.U. (A) 55/1989.]
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Dewan RakyatKidnapping Bill 1961
Introduced byLeong Yew Koh, Minister of Justice
First reading8 August 1961
Second reading8 August 1961
Third reading9 August 1961
Bill introduced in the Dewan NegaraKidnapping Bill 1961
Introduced byLeong Yew Koh, Minister of Justice
First reading[ ]
Second reading26 June 1961
Third reading26 June 1961
Amended by
Kidnapping (Amendment) Act 1967 [Act 33/1967]
Titles of Office Ordinance 1949 [P.U. (B) 324/1970]
Bank Simpanan Nasional Act 1974 [Act 146]
Modification of Laws (Kidnapping Act) (Extension to the States of Sabah and Sarawak) Order 1989 [P.U. (A) 56/1989]
Kidnapping (Amendment) Act 1995 [Act A910]
Status: In force


The Kidnapping Act 1961, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of 16 sections and no schedule (including 5 amendments), without separate Part.

  • Section 1: Short title and application
  • Section 2: Interpretation
  • Section 3: Abduction, wrongful restraint or wrongful confinement for ransom
  • Section 4: Seizure and forfeiture of conveyance
  • Section 5: Knowingly receiving ransom
  • Section 6: Knowingly negotiating to obtain, or for payment of, ransom
  • Section 7: Power to freeze bank account
  • Section 8: Public Prosecutor’s power to order inspection of books, accounts, receipts, vouchers or other documents
  • Section 9: Public Prosecutor’s powers to obtain information
  • Section 10: Duty to give information to police
  • Section 11: Power to intercept communication
  • Section 12: Remand in custody of police
  • Section 13: Evidence of accomplice
  • Section 14: Evidence of pecuniary resources or property
  • Section 15: Protection of informers
  • Section 16: Admission of statements in evidence


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