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Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1984 (Act No. 311).

Type of law

The Act consists of 42 sections divided into 10 Parts: Preliminary (I); Exclusive Economic Zone (II); Fisheries (III); Protection and preservation of the marine environment (IV); Marine scientific research (V); Artificial islands, installations and structures (VI); Submarine cables and pipelines (VII); Enforcement (VIII); Offences, penalties, legal proceedings and compensations (IX); Miscellaneous (X).
In principle, the EEZ of Malaysia is the area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea of Malaysia and extends to a distance of two hundred nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured (sect. 3). The seas comprised in the Exclusive Economic Zone shall be part of Malaysian fisheries waters (sect. 6). Except as otherwise provided in this Act, any written law relating to fisheries shall be applicable in the exclusive economic zone and on the continental shelf with such necessary modifications or exceptions as may be necessary in an Order made under section 41. Section 42 provides for legislation making powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Long title of text
An Act pertaining to the exclusive economic zone and certain aspects of the continental shelf of Malaysia and to provide for the regulation of activities in the zone and on the continental shelf and for matters connected therewith.
Date of text
Serial Imprint
Government Gazette No. 27, 31 December 1984, Supplement No. 25 (Acts).
Publication reference
The Law of the Sea, National Legislation on the Exclusive Economic Zone, Office of Legal Affairs, New York, 1993, pp. 186-203.
Source language


Legislation Amendment