Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people including teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use and the laws surrounding them in Malaysia...

Alcohol Laws

There is no minimum age for drinking alcohol in Malaysia. However, it is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 years and to Muslims. In areas where the majority of the population are Muslim, alcohol sales may be restricted to certain places.


Drug laws are strictly enforced in Malaysia. Penalties for possession or use of illegal drugs are harsh and drug traffickers face the death penalty. Those caught with more than 15 grams of heroin or 200 grams of marijuana are assumed by law to be trafficking drugs.

  • For specific information about drug laws in Malaysia: Click here

Teenagers and Sexual Health

The age of consent in Malaysia is 16 for both sexes.


The Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM) is the government organisation responsible for promoting and supporting effective family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.

Condoms can be purchased in most pharmacies and supermarkets. The pill is available although it can be difficult to obtain for unmarried women or girls under the age of 18.

The Sabah Family Planning Association is the only family planning centre in Malaysia. Teenagers and young people who find they are pregnant should contact this organisation for advice.

  • For more details about having a baby in Malaysia, including information about abortion see Pregnancy & Birth