Societies Act 1966

The Societies Act 1966 (Malay: Akta Pertubuhan 1966), is a Malaysian laws which enacted relating to registration of societies.

Societies Act 1966
Parliament of Malaysia
CitationAct 335
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted byDewan Rakyat
Passed13 December 1965
Enacted1966 (Act No. 13 of 1966)
1987 (Act 335 w.e.f. 19 October 1987)
Enacted byDewan Negara
Passed22 December 1965
Effective[1 February 1966, P.U. 24/1966]
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Dewan RakyatSocieties Bill 1966
Introduced byIsmail Abdul Rahman, Minister of Home Affairs
First reading1 December 1965
Second reading13 December 1965
Third reading13 December 1965
Bill introduced in the Dewan NegaraSocieties Bill 1966
Introduced byAbdul Rahman Ya'kub, Minister of Lands and Mines
First reading17 December 1965
Second reading22 December 1965
Third reading22 December 1965
Amended by
Societies (Amendment) Act 1966 [Act 45/1966]
Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance No. 45/1970 [P.U. (A) 282/1970]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1972 [Act A102]
Subordinate Courts Act (Extension) Order 1980 [P.U. (A) 357/1980]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1981 [Act A515]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1983 [Act A557]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1988 [Act A700]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1990 [Act A743]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1993 [Act A859]
Societies (Amendment) Act 1998 [Act A1027]
Related legislation
Societies Ordinance 1949 of the States of Malaya [F.M. 28 of 1949]
Societies Ordinance 1957 of Sarawak [Swk. Ord. 12 of 1957, Swk. Cap. 107]
Societies Ordinance 1961 of Sabah [Sabah Ord. 24 of 1961]
Status: In force


The Societies Act 1966, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of 3 Parts containing 70 sections and 2 schedules (including 10 amendments).

  • Part I: Provisions Applicable to Societies Generally
  • Part IA: Provisions Applicable to Political Parties Only
  • Part II: Provisions Applicable to Mutual Benefit Societies Only
  • Part III: Miscellaneous Provisions Applicable to Societies Generally
  • Schedules


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