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Stamp Act 1949

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378

Incorporating all amendments up to 19 February 2014

First enacted ... ... ... ... ... ...

1949 (Ord. No. 59 of 1949)

Revised ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

1989 (Act 378 w.e.f. 2 January 1990)

Date of coming into operation ... ...

5 December 1949

ACT 378 
STAMP ACT 1949 
(Click here to see Annotated Statutes of this Act)

Part I PRELIMINARY

SECTION

1.Short title and application

2.Interpretation

3.Collector and Deputy Collectors of Stamp Duties

3A.Powers of Collector

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Liability of Instruments to Duty

SECTION

4.Instruments chargeable with duty

4A.Stamp duty on instruments executed outside Malaysia effecting transfers of property in Malaysia

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Payment of Duty

SECTION

5.All facts and circumstances to be set out

5A.Deleted by Act 661

6.Instrument relating to distinct matters

7.Mode of paying and denoting duty

8.Franking of certain instruments

9.Authorized person to compound instrument

10.How instruments are to be written and stamped

11.Where duty chargeable depends on duty paid on another instrument

11A.Replica

12.Duplicate and counterparts

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Valuation for Duty

SECTION

12A.Assessment of the value of property under transfer or settlement

13.Currency and securities

14.Instruments reserving interest

14A.Principal securities in syariah financing

Part III PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO PARTICULAR INSTRUMENTS

SECTION

15.Relief from stamp duty in case of reconstructions or amalgamations of companies

15A.Relief from stamp duty in case of transfer of property between associated companies

16.Voluntary conveyance inter vivos

17.How transfer for debts, stocks, securities, future payments and further consideration to be charged

18.Duties on foreclosure orders

19.Valuation in case of annuity

20.Direction as to duty in case of certain conveyances

20A.Exchange of real property

20B.Vesting or transfer of an undivided interest in property

21.Certain contracts to be chargeable as conveyances on sale

22.Sale of annuity or right not before in existence

23.What is to be deemed a conveyance, not being a sale or mortgage

24.Leases, how to be charged in respect of produce, etc.

25.Directions as to duty upon leases, etc.

26.Direction as to duty upon transfer of stock

27.Deleted by Act A723

28.Security for future advances, how to be charged

29.Deleted by Act A723

29A.Directions as to duty upon a primary or principal security

30.Directions as to sea policy

31.Legal alteration in sea policies may be made

32.Directions as to certain contract notes

32A.Obligation to execute contract note

Part IV LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT OF DUTY

SECTION

33.Duty by whom payable

34.Deleted by Act 476

35.Exemptions

Part V ADJUDICATION AS TO STAMPS

SECTION

36.Mode of adjudication as to proper stamp

36A.Initial duty

36AA.Advance duty

36B.Additional duty

36CWhere duty chargeable is equal or lower than advance duty paid and refund of advance duty paid in excess

37.Certificate by Collector

38.Exception to sections 36, 36a, 36aa, 36b, 36c and 37

38A.Notice of objection

39.Appeal to High Court

40.Time of stamping after adjudication

Part VI OF THE TIME OF STAMPING INSTRUMENTS

SECTION

41.Instruments executed in Malaysia

42.Instruments executed out of Malaysia

43.Bills, cheques or notes drawn out of Malaysia

44.Bills of exchange and cheques accepted or payable outside Malaysia

45.Power of drawee to stamp bills or cheques

46.Transfers of shares

47.Stamping of instrument after execution

47A.Penalty for late stamping

48.Denoting penalty

49.Persons liable to penalty

50.Penalty, how recoverable

50A.Error in assessment, etc.

Part VII INSTRUMENTS NOT DULY STAMPED

SECTION

51.Examination and impounding of instruments

52.Instruments not duly stamped inadmissible in evidence

53.Instruments impounded how dealt with

54.Deleted by Act 476

55.Agreements evidenced by letters how stamped

56.Recovery of duty and penalty

Part VIII ALLOWANCE FOR SPOILED STAMPS

SECTION

57.Allowance for spoiled stamps

58.Allowance for misused stamps

59.Allowance, how to be made

59A.Stamp to include official receipt

Part IX OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

SECTION

60.Not cancelling adhesive stamps

60A.Failure to frank documents

61.Penalty for not setting forth all the facts and circumstances

62.Deleted by Act 476

63.Penalty for executing and signing documents not duly stamped

64.Penalty for failure to execute and transmit contract note

65.Penalty for post-dating bills

66.Deleted by Act A723

67.Penalty for not making out policy other than on sea insurance or making one not duly stamped

68.Penalty for assuring on sea insurance unless under policy duly stamped

69.Penalty for issuing share warrant, etc., not duly stamped.

70.Deleted by Act A723

71.Penalty for unauthorized dealing in stamps

72.Penalty for hawking stamps

73.Postage stamps

74.Fraud in relation to duty

74ARecovery from persons leaving Malaysia

74BLeaving Malaysia without payment of duties, etc

75.Institution and conduct of prosecution

Part X MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION

76.Books, etc., in the custody of public officers may be inspected without fee

77.Collector may administer oaths

77A.Electronic medium

77B.Electronic assessment and stamping of instruments

78.Revision of acts of Collector

79.Responsibility for loss or damage

80.Power to exempt, reduce or remit duties

80A.Fund for Tax Refund

81.Power to compound duties in case of issue of bonds, etc.

82.Rules

83.Repeal

First Schedule

Second Schedule

Third Schedule

Fourth Schedule

Fifth Schedule

Sixth Schedule

An Act relating to stamp duties.

[*West Malaysia -- 5 December 1949; East Malaysia -- 1 October 1989]

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/1.Short title and application

Part I PRELIMINARY

1. Short title and application

(1) This Act may be cited as the Stamp Act 1949.

(2) This Act shall apply throughout Malaysia.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/2.Interpretation

2. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires--

"banker"

means any person licensed under the Islamic Banking Act 1983 or the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 to carry on the business of banking in Malaysia;

"bond"

means--

(a) any instrument whereby a person obliges himself to pay money to another on condition that the obligation shall be void if a specified act is performed or is not performed, as the case may be;

(b) any instrument, attested by a witness and not payable to order or bearer, whereby a person obliges himself to pay money to another; 

"charge"

means any instrument whereby, for the purpose of securing the payment of any definite and certain sum of money advanced or lent at the time or previously due or foreborne to be paid or for the repayment of money to be thereafter lent, advanced or paid, or which may become due upon any account current, together with any sum already advanced or due, or without, as the case may be, or for the performance of any contract or engagement, one person creates a right over or charge upon any specified property; and includes any instrument which purports to create or in which any person agrees to create any such right or charge;

"cheque"

means a bill of exchange drawn on a specified banker and not expressed to be payable otherwise than on demand;

"Collector"

includes the Collector of Stamp Duties and every Deputy Collector of Stamp Duties appointed under section 3;

"continuation clause"

in a policy of sea insurance made for time means an agreement to the following or the like effect, namely, that in the event of the ship being at sea or the voyage otherwise not completed on the expiration of the policy, the subject-matter of the insurance shall be held covered until the arrival of the ship, or for a reasonable time thereafter not exceeding thirty days;

"contract note"

means the note sent by a dealer or agent to his principal, or by any person who by way of business deals, or holds himself out as dealing, as a principal in any stock or marketable securities, advising the principal, or the vendor or purchaser, as the case may be, of the sale or purchase of any stock or marketable security, but does not include a note sent by a dealer or agent to his principal where the principal is himself acting as dealer or agent for a principal and is himself a person who bona fide carries on the business of a dealer in Malaysia;

"conveyance on sale"

includes every instrument and every decree or order of any Court, whereby any property, or any estate or interest in any property, upon the sale thereof is transferred to or vested in a purchaser or any other person on his behalf or by his direction;

"dealer"

means any person licensed under the Securities Industry Act 1983 to carry on the business of dealing in securities in Malaysia and is recognized as a member company by a stock exchange;

"die"

includes any plate, type, tool or implement whatever used under the direction of the Collector for expressing or denoting any duty or rate of duty, or the fact that any duty or rate of duty or penalty has been paid, or that an instrument is duly stamped, or is not chargeable with any duty or for denoting any fee, and also any part of any such plate, type, tool or implement;

"duly stamped",

as applied to an instrument, means that the instrument bears an adhesive or impressed stamp of not less than the proper amount or the amount of initial duty or the amount of advance duty paid under section 37(1) and that such stamp has been affixed or used in accordance with the law for the time being in force:

Provided that a stamp certificate or official receipt for the proper amount or amount of initial duty or amount of advance duty may be attached or affixed to any instrument in lieu of the stamp, and the instrument shall be deemed to be duly stamped;

"duty"

means any stamp duty for the time being chargeable under this Act or under any written law;

"equitable mortgage"

means an agreement or memorandum, under hand only, relating to the deposit of any title deeds or instruments constituting or being evidence of the title to any property whatever (other than stock or marketable securities and a letter of hypothecation), or creating a charge on such property but does not include a registered charge on land in any State;

"executed" and "execution",

used with reference to instruments not under seal, mean "signed" and "signature";

"foreign currency loan"

means any loan denominated wholly in currencies other than the Ringgit;

"impressed stamp"

means a stamp impressed by means of a die, or an adhesive stamp over which an impression, denoting the date of such impression, has been made by the proper officer by means of a die;

"instrument"

includes every written document;

"insurer"

means any person licensed under the Takaful Act 1984 or the Insurance Act 1996 to carry on an insurance business in Malaysia and includes a reinsurer;

"lease"

means a lease of immovable property, and includes--

(a) any undertaking in writing to cultivate, occupy, or pay or deliver rent for, immovable property;

(b) any instrument by which tolls, rents or profits of any description are let to farm;

(c) any writing on an application for a lease intended to signify that the application is granted; 

"letter of hypothecation"

means any instrument creating a pledge or lien over goods in consideration of moneys advanced or to be advanced or to secure the payment or repayment of moneys;

"marketable security"

means a security of such a description as to be capable of being sold or negotiated in any stock market in Malaysia or elsewhere;

"money"

includes all sums whether expressed in the ringgit or in any other currency;

"mortgage"

means a security by way of mortgage for the payment of any definite and certain sum of money advanced or lent at the time, or previously due or foreborne to be paid, being payable, or for the repayment of money to be thereafter lent, advanced or paid, or which may become due upon an account current, together with any sum already advanced or due, or without, as the case may be; and includes--

(a) any conveyance of any property in trust to be sold or otherwise converted into money intended only as a security, and redeemable before the sale or other disposal thereof either by express stipulation or otherwise;

(b) any instrument in writing for defeating or making redeemable, or explaining or qualifying any conveyance of property, apparently absolute, but intended only as a security;

(c) any agreement for a mortgage or any agreement (other than an agreement chargeable with duty as an equitable mortgage), contract, or bond accompanied with a deposit of title deeds or with other instruments evidencing a right to property, for making a mortgage or any other security or conveyance as aforesaid of any property comprised in the title deeds or other instruments or for pledging or charging the same as a security; and

(d) any deed operating as a mortgage of any stock or marketable security; 

"official receipt"

means a receipt issued by or on behalf of the Collector for payment of stamp duties;

"paper"

includes every material upon which words or figures can be expressed;

"policy of insurance"

includes every writing whereby any contract of insurance is made or agreed to be made or is evidenced, and the expression "insurance" includes assurance;

"policy of sea insurance"

--

(a) means any insurance, including re-insurance, made upon any ship or vessel, whether for marine or inland navigation, or upon the machinery, tackle or furniture of any ship or vessel or upon any goods, merchandise or property of any description whatever on board of any ship or vessel or upon the freight of or any other interest which may be lawfully insured in or relating to any ship or vessel; and

(b) includes any insurance of goods, merchandise or property for any transit which includes, not only a sea risk under paragraph (a), but also any other risk incidental to the transit insured from the commencement of the transit to the ultimate destination covered by the insurance; 

"power of attorney"

means any instrument except a warrant to act as a solicitor in any judicial proceeding, empowering a specified person to act in the stead of the person executing it;

"promissory note"

means any document or writing (except a bank note) containing a promise to pay any sum of money and includes a note promising the payment of any sum of money out of any particular fund which may or may not be available or upon any condition or contingency which may or may not be performed or happen;

"property"

includes movable or immovable property and any estate or interest in any property movable or immovable, whether in possession, reversion, remainder or contingency, and any debt, and anything in action, and any other right or interest in the nature of property which is capable of being disposed of and has a value in it;

"settlement"

means any non-testamentary disposition in writing whether made voluntarily or upon a good or valuable consideration other than a bona fidepecuniary consideration whereby any definite and certain property is settled or agreed to be settled in any manner for any purpose whatsoever;

"small and medium enterprise"

means--

(a) in relation to the manufacturing, manufacturing related services and agro-based industries sectors, an enterprise with full-time employees not exceeding one hundred and fifty people or annual turnover not exceeding twenty-five million ringgit; and

(b) in relation to the services, primary agriculture, and information and communication technology sectors, an enterprise with full-time employees not exceeding fifty people or annual turnover not exceeding five million ringgit; 

"stamp certificate"

means a certificate that is issued electronically in respect of any instrument chargeable with duty denoting the amount of duty paid in respect of that instrument;

"stock"

includes any share in the capital stock or funded debt of any corporation, company or society in Malaysia or elsewhere and any share in the stocks or funds of the Government of Malaysia or of any other Government or country.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/3.Collector and Deputy Collectors of Stamp Duties

3. Collector and Deputy Collectors of Stamp Duties

(1) The Director General of Inland Revenue referred to in subsection 134(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967 [Act 53] shall be the Collector of Stamp Duties.

(2) The Minister of Finance may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint such number of Deputy Collectors of Stamp Duties as he thinks fit, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/3A.Powers of Collector

3A. Powers of Collector

(1) The Collector may by notice in writing require any person to produce any instrument for the purpose of ascertaining whether it is chargeable with duty under this Act and, if so, whether that duty has been paid.

(2) The Collector shall, if he considers it necessary in the execution of his duties under this Act, at all times have full and free access to all lands, buildings and places, and all books and documents, whether in the custody or under the control of a public officer or a body corporate or any other person whatsoever, for the purpose of ascertaining the market value of any property or of ascertaining any facts or inspecting any books or documents which the Collector considers necessary or relevant for the purposes of this Act, or considers likely to provide any information otherwise required for the purposes of this Act, and may, without fee or reward, make extracts from or copies of any such books or documents.

(3) The Collector may take possession of any such books or documents where in his opinion--

(a) the inspection or copying thereof or extraction therefrom cannot reasonably be performed without taking possession thereof; or

(b) the books or documents may be interfered with, concealed or destroyed unless possession thereof is taken; or

(c) the books or documents may be required as evidence in any proceeding instituted or commenced under or for any of the purposes of this Act. 

(4) For the purpose only of ascertaining the market value of any property, the Collector may in writing authorize any valuer employed by the Government, whether he be a public officer or a person privately practising as a valuer, to exercise any of the powers conferred upon the Collector by this section.

(5) Any person who obstructs or hinders the Collector, or any valuer duly authorized by the Collector, in the exercise of any of his powers under this section, or who refuses or fails to comply with a notice under subsection (1) or with any direction given in good faith by the Collector or any such valuer for any of the purposes of this section, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/4.Instruments chargeable with duty

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Liability of Instruments to Duty

4. Instruments chargeable with duty

(1) Subject to this Act and subject to the exemptions contained in this Act and in any written law for the time being in force, the several instruments specified in the First Schedule shall, from and after the commencement of this Act, be chargeable with the several duties specified in such Schedule.

(2) Nothing in this Act shall render liable to additional duty any instrument whereon duty is expressly imposed under any other written law in force in Malaysia.

(3) Where in the case of any sale, lease, charge, settlement, exchange or partition several instruments are employed for completing the transaction, the principal instrument only shall be chargeable with the duty prescribed in the First Schedule for the conveyance, lease, charge, settlement or partition and each of the other instruments shall be chargeable with a duty of ten ringgit only; and the parties may determine for themselves which of the instruments so employed shall, for the purpose of this subsection, be deemed to be the principal instrument.

(4) The duties imposed by such Schedule may be cancelled, varied or added to by a resolution of the House of Representatives.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/4A.Stamp duty on instruments executed outside Malaysia effecting transfers of property in Malaysia

4A. Stamp duty on instruments executed outside Malaysia effecting transfers of property in Malaysia

(1) Any instrument executed outside Malaysia and purporting to effect a transfer of any immovable property, or of any movable property other than debentures issued by, or shares in, a company, shall, if the property intended to be transferred is situated in any part of Malaysia, be chargeable with stamp duty in accordance with the First Schedule, and unless the instrument of transfer, or a counterpart or duplicate thereof which shall be chargeable with the like duty as if it were the original, is brought into Malaysia and the proper stamp duty payable thereon as if the original had been executed in Malaysia is paid, the transfer shall not take effect.

(2) Where any instrument executed outside Malaysia and purporting to effect a transfer of debentures issued by, or shares in, a company incorporated in Malaysia under section 16 of the Companies Act 1965 [Act 125] or a foreign company registered in Malaysia under section 332 of that Act is produced or delivered to the company for registration, in the case of a company incorporated in Malaysia, in a register of debenture holders or a register of members of the company kept in Malaysia in pursuance of section 70 or section 158 of that Act or, in the case of a foreign company, in a branch register of the foreign company kept in Malaysia in pursuance of section 342 of that Act, the company or foreign company shall, unless the instrument of transfer bears a stamp, duly cancelled in accordance with this Act, showing--

(a) that the proper stamp duty has been paid thereon in accordance with the First Schedule; or

(b) such other evidence of payment of the proper stamp duty as this Act may allow, refuse to register the transfer and the transfer shall not take effect.

(3) Where any instrument of transfer of any of the descriptions mentioned in subsection (2) is registered otherwise than in accordance with that subsection, the company or foreign company and the officer of the company or foreign company responsible for making the entry in the register shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty ringgit.

(4) In this section--

(a) (Omitted);

(b) expressions which are defined in the Companies Act 1965 shall have the same meaning as in that Act. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/5.All facts and circumstances to be set out

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Payment of Duty

5. All facts and circumstances to be set out

All the facts and circumstances affecting the liability of any instrument to duty or the amount of the duty with which any instrument is chargeable are to be fully and truly set forth in the instrument, and the Collector may require such evidence to be furnished as may be reasonably necessary to prove that all such facts and circumstances are truly set forth.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/5A.Omitted or Deleted Section

5A. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act 661)

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/6.Instrument relating to distinct matters

6. Instrument relating to distinct matters

Except where express provision to the contrary is made by this Act or by any other written law--

(a) an instrument containing or relating to several distinct matters shall be separately and distinctly charged, as if it were a separate instrument, with duty in respect of each of the matters;

(b) an instrument made for any consideration in respect of which it is chargeable with ad valorem duty, and also for any further or other valuable consideration or considerations, shall be separately and distinctly charged, as if it were a separate instrument, with duty in respect of each of the considerations. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/7.Mode of paying and denoting duty

7. Mode of paying and denoting duty

(1) Subject to any rules made under paragraph 82(b), all duties with which any instruments are chargeable under this Act shall be paid, and payment shall be indicated on such instrument, by-

(a) means of an adhesive stamp;

(b) affixing an official receipt to such instrument; or

(c) attaching a stamp certificate to such instrument. 

(2) Where duty is required to be paid or indicated by means of an adhesive stamp, such stamp shall be a revenue stamp issued under this Act for the payment of stamp duty, which, at the time the duty is to be paid or indicated, is a valid revenue stamp.

(3) Stamps used for any of the instruments described under any of the articles in the First Schedule and not included in the Second Schedule shall, and stamps used for any of the instruments described under any of the articles in the Second Schedule may, be cancelled as follows: The instrument, or the paper on which it is proposed to be written, shall be taken to the office of the Collector and the stamp shall there be cancelled by having the words "Stamp Officer" with the name of the district and the date written or printed partly on the stamp and partly on the paper to which the stamp is affixed.

(4) Stamps used for any of the instruments described under any of the articles in the Second Schedule shall, unless cancelled in the manner provided in the last preceding subsection, be cancelled as follows: Whoever affixes any such stamp to any instrument chargeable with duty and which has been executed by any person shall, when affixing such stamp, cancel the same by writing or marking distinctly the date in ink either wholly on the stamp or partly on the stamp and partly on the paper to which the stamp is affixed, or in such other manner as the Minister of Finance may from time to time direct, so that the stamp cannot be used again, and whoever executes any instrument on any paper bearing a stamp shall at the time of execution, unless such stamp has been already cancelled in the manner aforesaid, cancel the same in the manner aforesaid so that it cannot be used again.

(5) Any instrument bearing a stamp which has not been so cancelled in the manner prescribed in this section that it cannot be used again shall, so far as such stamp is concerned, be deemed to be unstamped.

(6) Where two or more stamps are used to denote the stamp duty on any instrument, each and every stamp shall be cancelled in the manner prescribed in this section.

(7) In the case of instruments specified in the first column of the Second Schedule, the persons mentioned in the second column of the said Schedule are the persons required, subject to subsection (3), to cancel the stamps.

(8) The Second Schedule may be amended by the Minister of Finance by order published in the Gazette.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/8.Franking of certain instruments

8. Franking of certain instruments

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, it shall be lawful for the Minister of Finance by licence under his hand to authorise any person to pay the duty on any of the instruments specified in the Fifth Schedule by means of a postal franking machine or digital franking machine.

(1A) The Fifth Schedule may be amended by the Minister of Finance by Order published in the Gazette.

(2) A licence issued under this section shall be subject to such conditions as the Minister of Finance may in his absolute discretion impose.

(3) The issue of a licence under this section shall be notified by publication in the Gazette.

(4) Every impression indicating the payment of duty made by a postal franking machine used under licences under this section shall contain the true date of the making of such impression.

(5) The franking of any of the above-mentioned instruments by any duly authorized person as provided for in this section, if done in accordance with the terms of this section and of the licence, shall have the same effect as cancelling an adhesive stamp on the date and to the value indicated by such franking.

(6) The Collector or any person authorized by him in writing may, at all reasonable times, inspect any books, records and documents kept by him in connection with the issue of such licence.

(7) For the purpose of subsection (6), the authorized person shall keep and retain the books, records and documents in connection with the issue of such licence for a period of seven years from the year in which such licence is issued.

(8) Any authorized person who fails to comply with the conditions imposed in the licence under subsection (2) shall be liable to a fine of not less than four thousand ringgit and not more than ten thousand ringgit .

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/9.Authorized person to compound instrument

9. Authorized person to compound instrument

(1) Subject to this section, the Collector may authorize--

(a) any banker, dealer or insurer to compound for the payment of duty on unstamped cheques, contract notes or policies of insurance drawn or drawn up and issued on forms to be supplied or adopted by the said banker, dealer or insurer;

(b) the Registrar of Companies to compound for the payment of duty on unstamped Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association lodged with the said Registrar; and

(c) the principal officer of Tenaga Nasional Berhad to compound for the payment of duty on the unstamped TNB Electricity Supply Form issued and supplied by the Tenaga Nasional Berhad. 

(2) The said authorized persons shall levy upon or charge to the person to whom such instruments referred to in subsection (1) are issued the stamp duty mentioned in the First Schedule.

(3) The said authorized person shall pay on the 1st day of each calendar month in each year to the Collector the amount due and collected thereon as duties on such unstamped instruments and where he fails to pay the amount on each date specified or within fourteen days immediately thereafter, he shall in addition to the amount due pay a further amount of two hundred ringgit or ten per centum of the amount due whichever is the greater and any amount due shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Government.

(4) The said authorized person shall deposit with the Collector, as security for the due payment to the Collector of any moneys payable under subsection (2), such sum, if any, as the Minister of Finance may direct.

(5) Instruments in respect of which payment of duty by way of composition has been made under this section, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, shall be deemed to be duly stamped.

(6) Where any person has been authorized to compound for the payment of duty on unstamped instrument as mentioned under paragraph 1(a), (b) or (c), the Collector or any person authorized by him in writing, may, at all reasonable times, inspect any stocks of unstamped instrument held by such person and any books, records and documents kept by him in connection with the issue of such instrument.

(7) For the purpose of subsection (6), the person mentioned in subsection (1) shall keep and retain the books, records and documents in connection with the issue of such instruments referred to in paragraph 1(a), (b) or (c) for a period of seven years from the year in which such instruments are issued.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/10.How instruments are to be written and stamped

10. How instruments are to be written and stamped

(1) Every instrument written upon stamped paper is to be written in such manner, and every instrument partly or wholly written before being stamped shall be so stamped, that the stamp may appear on the face of the instrument and cannot be used for or applied to any other instrument written upon the same piece of paper.

(2) If more than one instrument be written upon the same piece of paper, every one of the instruments shall be separately and distinctly stamped with the duty with which it is chargeable.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/11.Where duty chargeable depends on duty paid on another instrument

11. Where duty chargeable depends on duty paid on another instrument

Where the duty with which an instrument is chargeable, or its exemption from duty, depends in any manner upon the duty actually paid in respect of another instrument, the payment of such last-mentioned duty shall, upon application to the Collector for that purpose and production of both the instruments, be denoted upon such first-mentioned instrument by indorsement under the hand of the Collector or in such other manner, if any, as may be prescribed by rules made under this Act.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/11A.Replica

11A. Replica

(1) Where a replicate of an instrument is presented to the Collector, the replicate of such instrument shall not be deemed to be duly stamped unless it can be shown to the satisfaction of the Collector that all the facts and circumstances affecting the liability of the original instrument to duty, and the amount of the duty chargeable thereon has been paid.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), the Collector shall indorse on the replicate of the instrument that full and proper duty with which the original is chargeable had been paid upon payment of a fee of one hundred ringgit for each replicate of an instrument.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/12.Duplicate and counterparts

12. Duplicate and counterparts

The duplicate or counterpart of an instrument chargeable with duty (except the counterpart of an instrument chargeable as a lease, such counterpart not being executed by or on behalf of any lessor or grantor) shall not be deemed to be duly stamped unless-

(a) it is stamped as an original instrument;

(b) it appears by a certificate indorsed by the Collector on the duplicate or counterpart that full and proper duty has been paid on the original instrument; or

(c) there is denoted on the stamp certificate issued for the duplicate or counterpart that payment of the stamp duty has been paid in respect of the original instrument. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/12A.Assessment of the value of property under transfer or settlement

Part II PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO INSTRUMENTS GENERALLY

Chapter Valuation for Duty

12A. Assessment of the value of property under transfer or settlement

Where an instrument is chargeable with duty under Item 32(a) of the First Schedule, the date for determining the market value of any property being transferred, settled or gifted shall be--

(a) in the case of a settlement or gift, the date of execution of the instrument of trust or settlement or gift; or

(b) in the case of a transfer implementing a sale under a duly stamped agreement of sale and purchase, the date of execution of that agreement; or

(c) in the case of a transfer of any property granted by a statutory body, a local authority or any co-operative society registered under any laws relating to co-operative societies, the date when the final terms of transfer had been communicated to the transferee, and in the case of subsequent resale of that property, the date of consent by the statutory body or local authority or the board of the co-operative society for that resale; or

(d) in the case of a transfer under a duly stamped sale and purchase agreement where financial arrangements have been made in accordance with the Syariah, the date of execution of agreement; or

(e) in any other case, the date of execution of the instrument of transfer. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/13.Currency and securities

13. Currency and securities

(1) Where an instrument is chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of--

(a) any money expressed in any currency other than ringgit;

(b) any stock or marketable or other security, the duty shall be calculated on the value, on the day of the date of the instrument or on the day it is stamped if executed out of Malaysia, of the money in ringgit according to the current rate of exchange, or of the stock or security according to the average price thereof or, if there be no price, according to the value thereof.

(2) Where an instrument contains a statement of current rate of exchange or average price, as the case may require, and is stamped in accordance with such statement, it shall, so far as regards the subject-matter of such statement, be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be duly stamped.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/14.Instruments reserving interest

14. Instruments reserving interest

When interest is expressly made payable by the terms of an instrument, such instrument shall not be chargeable with duty higher than that with which it would have been chargeable if no mention of interest had been made therein.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/14A.Principal securities in syariah financing

14A. Principal securities in syariah financing

Where it is shown that a principal or primary security secures the repayment of moneys provided under a scheme of financing made according to the syariah, duty chargeable thereon shall be calculated on the principal amount provided by the financier or financing body.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/15.Relief from stamp duty in case of reconstructions or amalgamations of companies

Part III PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO PARTICULAR INSTRUMENTS

15. Relief from stamp duty in case of reconstructions or amalgamations of companies

(1) If in connection with a scheme for the reconstruction of any company or companies or the amalgamation of any companies it is shown to the satisfaction of the Collector that there exist the following conditions, that is to say--

(a) that a company with limited liability has been registered within six months before the commencement of this Act, or that a company with limited liability is to be registered, or that since the commencement of this Act a company has been incorporated by special written law, or that since the commencement of this Act or within six months before the commencement thereof the nominal share capital of a company has been increased;

(b) that the company (in this section referred to as "the transferee company") is to be registered in Malaysia or has been incorporated in Malaysia or has increased its capital with a view to the acquisition either of the undertaking of, or of not less than ninety per centum of the issued share capital of, any particular existing company;

(c) that the consideration for the acquisition (except such part thereof as consists in the transfer to or discharge by the transferee company of liabilities of the existing company) consists as to not less than ninety per centum thereof--

(i) where an undertaking is to be acquired, in the issue of shares in the transferee company to the existing company or to holders of shares in the existing company; or

(ii) where shares are to be acquired, in the issue of shares in the transferee company to the holders of shares in the existing company in exchange for the shares held by them in the existing company; then, subject to this section, stamp duty under Item 32(a) or (b) in the First Schedule shall not be chargeable on any instrument made for the purposes of or in connection with the transfer of the undertaking or shares:

Provided that--

(a) no such instrument shall be deemed to be duly stamped unless either it is stamped with the duty to which it would but for this section be liable or it has been brought to the Collector under section 36 and he has certified under section 37 either that the full duty with which it is chargeable has been paid, or that it is not chargeable with duty; and

(b) in the case of an instrument made for the purposes of or in connection with a transfer to a company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1965 the provisions of this subsection shall not apply unless the instrument is either--

(i) executed within a period of twelve months from the date of the registration of the transferee company or the date of the resolution for the increase of the nominal share capital of the transferee company, as the case may be; or

(ii) made for the purpose of effecting a conveyance or transfer in pursuance of an agreement which has been filed, or particulars of which have been filed, with the Registrar of Companies within the said period of twelve months.

(2) For the purposes of a claim for exemption under subsection (1), a company which has, in connection with a scheme of reconstruction or amalgamation, issued any unissued share capital, shall be treated as if it had increased its nominal share capital.

(3) A company shall not be deemed to be a particular existing company within the meaning of this section unless it is provided by the memorandum of association of, or written law incorporating, the transferee company that one of the objects for which the company is established is the acquisition of the undertaking of, or shares in, the existing company, or unless it appears from the resolution, or other authority for the increase of the capital of the transferee company that the increase is authorized for the purpose of acquiring the undertaking of, or shares in, the existing company.

(4) Where a claim is made for exemption under this section, the Collector may require the delivery to him of a statutory declaration in such form as he may direct made by an advocate and solicitor, or, in the case of Sabah and Sarawak, an advocate, of the High Court, and of such further evidence, if any, as he deems necessary.

(5) If--

(a) where any claim for exemption from duty under this section has been allowed, it is subsequently found that any declaration or other evidence furnished in support of the claim was untrue in any material particular, or that the conditions specified in subsection (1) are not fulfilled in the reconstruction or amalgamation as actually carried out; or

(b) where shares in the transferee company have been issued to the existing company in consideration of the acquisition, the existing company within a period of two years from the date, as the case may be, of the registration or incorporation, or of the authority for the increase of the capital, of the transferee company ceases, otherwise than in consequence of reconstruction, amalgamation, liquidation or in compliance with Government policy on capital participation in industry to be the beneficial owner of the shares so issued to it; or

(c) where any such exemption has been allowed in connection with the acquisition by the transferee company of shares in another company, the transferee company within a period of two years from the date of its registration or incorporation or of the authority for the increase of its capital, as the case may be, ceases, otherwise than in consequence of reconstruction, amalgamation or liquidation, to be the beneficial owner of the shares so acquired; the exemption shall be deemed not to have been allowed and an amount equal to the duty remitted shall become payable forthwith, and shall be recoverable from the transferee company as a debt due to the Government, together with interest thereon at the rate of six per centum per annum, from the date on which the duty would have become chargeable if this section had not been passed.

(6) If in the case of any scheme of reconstruction or amalgamation, the Collector is satisfied that at the proper time for making a claim for exemption from duty under subsection (1) there were in existence all the necessary conditions for such exemption other than the condition that not less than ninety per centum of the issued share capital of the existing company would be acquired by the transferee company, the Collector may, if it is proved to his satisfaction that not less than ninety per centum of the issued capital of the existing company has under the scheme been acquired within a period of six months from the earlier of the two following dates, that is to say--

(a) the last day of the period of one month after the first allotment of shares made for the purposes of the acquisition; or

(b) the date on which an invitation was issued to the shareholders of the existing company to accept shares in the transferee company, and on production of the instruments on which the duty paid has been impressed, direct repayment to be made of such an amount of duty as would have been remitted if the said condition had been originally fulfilled.

(7) In this section, unless the context otherwise requires--

(a) references to a company (other than that of the transferee company) or to the registration or incorporation of a company (other than that of the transferee company) shall be construed as references to a company wherever registered or incorporated;

(b) references to the undertaking of an existing company include references to a part of the undertaking of an existing company;

(c) the expression "shares" includes stock. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/15A.Relief from stamp duty in case of transfer of property between associated companies

15A. Relief from stamp duty in case of transfer of property between associated companies

(1) Stamp duty under Item 32(a) or (b) in the First Schedule shall not be chargeable on any instrument to which this section applies:

Provided that no such instrument shall be deemed to be duly stamped unless either it is stamped with the duty to which it would but for this section be liable or it has been brought to the Collector under section 36 and he has certified under section 37 either that the full duty with which it is chargeable has been paid, or that it is not chargeable with duty.

(2) This section applies to any instrument with respect to which it is shown to the satisfaction of the Collector that the effect thereof is to transfer a beneficial interest in property from one company with limited liability to another such company, and that the companies in question are associated, that is to say, one is the beneficial owner of not less than ninety per centum of the issued share capital of the other, or that a third company with limited liability is the beneficial owner of not less than ninety per centum of the issued share capital of each of the aforesaid companies.

(3) The ownership referred to in subsection (2) is ownership either directly or through another company or other companies, or partly directly and partly through another company or other companies, and the Sixth Schedule shall apply for the purposes of this section.

(4) This section shall not apply to any instrument unless it is also shown to the satisfaction of the Collector that the instrument was not executed in pursuance of or in connection with an arrangement whereunder--

(a) the consideration, or any part of the consideration, for the transfer was to be provided or received, directly or indirectly, by a person other than a company which at the time of the execution of the instrument was associated within the meaning of this section with either the transferor or the transferee (meaning, respectively, the company from whom and the company to whom the beneficial interest was transferred); or

(b) the said interest was previously transferred, directly or indirectly, by such a person; or

(c) the transferor and the transferee were to cease to be associated within the meaning of this section by reason of a change in the percentage of the issued share capital of the transferee in the beneficial ownership (within the meaning of this section) of the transferor or a third company, and, without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), an arrangement shall be treated as falling within at paragraph if it is one whereunder the transferor or the transferee, or a company associated with either as there-mentioned, was to be enabled to provide any of the consideration, or was to part with any of it, by or in consequence of the carrying out of a transaction or transactions involving, or any of them involving, a payment or other disposition by a person other than a company so associated.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/16.Voluntary conveyance inter vivos

16. Voluntary conveyance inter vivos

(1) Any conveyance or transfer operating as a voluntary disposition inter vivos shall be chargeable with the like stamp duty as if it were a conveyance or transfer on sale.

(2) The Collector may be required to express his opinion under section 36 on any conveyance or transfer operating as a voluntary disposition inter vivos, and no such conveyance or transfer shall be deemed to be duly stamped unless the Collector has expressed his opinion thereon in accordance with that section.

(3) Any conveyance or transfer, not being a disposition made in favour of a purchaser or incumbrancer or other person in good faith and for valuable consideration, shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be a conveyance or transfer operating as a voluntary disposition inter vivos, and (except where marriage is the consideration) the consideration for any conveyance or transfer shall not for this purpose be deemed to be valuable consideration where by reason of the inadequacy of the sum paid as consideration or other circumstances the conveyance or transfer confers a substantial benefit on the person to whom the property is conveyed or transferred.

(4) A conveyance or transfer made for nominal consideration for the purpose of securing the repayment of an advance or loan or made for effectuating the appointment of a new trustee or the retirement of a trustee, whether the trust is expressed or implied, or under which no beneficial interest passes in the property conveyed or transferred, or made to a beneficiary by a trustee or other person in a fiduciary capacity under any trust, whether expressed or implied, shall not be charged with duty under this section, and this subsection shall have effect notwithstanding that the circumstances exempting the conveyance or transfer from charge under this section are not set forth in the conveyance or transfer.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/17.How transfer for debts, stocks, securities, future payments and further consideration to be charged

17. How transfer for debts, stocks, securities, future payments and further consideration to be charged

(1) Where any property is transferred--

(a) in consideration, wholly or in part, of any debt or of any stock or marketable security; or

(b) subject, either certainly or contingently, to the payment or transfer of any money or stock, whether being or constituting a charge or incumbrance upon the property or not, the instrument of transfer shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty calculated at the rates specified under Item 32(a) in the First Schedule upon either the value of the debt, stock or marketable security, as the case may be, or the market value of the property as on the date of execution, whichever be the greater.

(2) Where the consideration, or any part of the consideration, for a transfer of property consists of any security other than a marketable security, the instrument of transfer shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty calculated at the rates specified under Item 32(a) in the First Schedule upon either the amount due upon the security for principal and interest or, in the case of a security given under a scheme of financing made according to the syariah, any sum due and payable in addition to the principal, or upon the market value of the property as on the date of execution, whichever be the greater.

(3) A conveyance on sale made for any consideration in respect whereof it is chargeable with ad valorem duty, and in further consideration of a covenant by the purchaser to make, or of his having previously made, any substantial improvement of or addition to the property transferred to him or of any covenant relating to the subject-matter of the transfer, is not chargeable, and shall be deemed not to have been chargeable, with any duty in respect of such further consideration.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/18.Duties on foreclosure orders

18. Duties on foreclosure orders

Subject to section 17, a decree or order for, or having the effect of an order for foreclosure in respect of mortgaged property shall be chargeable with duty as if it were a conveyance of such property on sale:

Provided that--

(a) the ad valorem stamp duty upon any such decree or order shall not exceed the duty on a sum equal to the value of the property to which the decree or order relates, and where the decree or order states that value such statement shall be conclusive for the purpose of determining the amount of the duty; and

(b) where ad valorem stamp duty is paid upon such decree or order, any conveyance following upon such decree or order shall be exempt from the ad valorem stamp duty. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/19.Valuation in case of annuity

19. Valuation in case of annuity

(1) Where the consideration, or any part of the consideration, for a conveyance on sale consists of money payable periodically for a definite period not exceeding twenty years, so that the total amount to be paid can be previously ascertained, the conveyance shall be charged in respect of that consideration with ad valorem duty on such total amount.

(2) Where the consideration, or any part of the consideration, for a conveyance on sale consists of money payable periodically for a definite period exceeding twenty years or in perpetuity, or for any indefinite period not terminable with life, the conveyance is to be charged in respect of that consideration with ad valorem duty on the total amount which will or may, according to the terms of sale, be payable during the period of twenty years next after the day of the date of the instrument.

(3) Where the consideration, or any part of the consideration, for a conveyance on sale consists of money payable periodically during any life or lives, the conveyance shall be charged in respect of that consideration with ad valorem duty on the amount which will or may, according to the terms of sale, be payable during the period of twelve years next after the day of the date of the instrument.

(4) No conveyance on sale chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of any periodical payments, and containing also provision for securing the payments, shall be charged with any duty in respect of such provision, and no separate instrument made in that case for securing the payments is to be charged with any higher duty than ten ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/20.Direction as to duty in case of certain conveyances

20. Direction as to duty in case of certain conveyances

(1) Where property contracted to be sold for one consideration for the whole is conveyed to the purchaser in separate parts or parcels by different instruments, the consideration shall be apportioned in such manner as the parties think fit, so that a distinct consideration for each separate part or parcel is set forth in the conveyance relating thereto, and such conveyance shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of such distinct consideration.

(2) Where property contracted to be purchased for one consideration for the whole by two or more persons jointly, or by any person for himself and others, or wholly for others, is conveyed in parts or parcels by separate instruments to the person by or for whom the same was purchased for distinct parts of the consideration, the conveyance for each separate part or parcel shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of the distinct part of the consideration therein specified.

(3) Where a person having contracted for the purchase of any property but not having obtained a conveyance thereof, contracts to sell the same to any other person and the property is in consequence conveyed immediately to the sub-purchaser, the conveyance shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of the consideration moving from the sub-purchaser.

(4) Where a person, having contracted for the purchase of any property but not having obtained a conveyance thereof, contracts to sell the whole, or any part thereof, to any other person or persons and the property is in consequence conveyed by the original seller to different persons in parts or parcels, the conveyance of each part or parcel sold to a sub-purchaser shall be chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect only of the consideration moving from the sub-purchaser thereof, without regard to the amount or value of the original consideration; and the conveyance of the residue, if any, of such property to the original purchaser shall be chargeable with ad valoremduty in the manner specified by section 12a and Item 32(a) of the First Schedule.

(5) Where a sub-purchaser takes an actual conveyance of the interest of the person immediately selling to him, which is chargeable with ad valorem duty in respect of the consideration moving from him and is duly stamped accordingly, any conveyance to be afterwards made to him of the same property by the original seller shall be chargeable with a duty equal to that which would be chargeable on a conveyance for the consideration obtained by such original seller, or where such duty would exceed ten ringgit with a duty of ten ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/20A.Exchange of real property

20A. Exchange of real property

Where upon the exchange of any real property for any other real property, or upon the partition or division of any real property, any consideration is paid or given, or agreed to be paid or given, for equality:

(a) the principal or only instrument whereby the exchange or partition or division is affected is to be charged with the same ad valorem duty as a conveyance on sale for the consideration, and with that duty only; and

(b) where in any such case there are several instruments for completing the title of either party, the principal instrument is to be ascertained and the other instruments are to be charged, with duty in the manner hereinbefore provided in the case of several instruments of conveyance. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/20B.Vesting or transfer of an undivided interest in property

20B. Vesting or transfer of an undivided interest in property

(1) Every conveyance either on sale or by way of gift or settlement which operates to vest or transfer an undivided interest in real property, shall contain an affidavit of the transferee certifying that the transaction effected by the instrument does not form part of a larger transaction or series of transactions completed or to be completed within a period of twelve months after the date of the first of the instruments employed to complete the conveyance of the property.

(2) Where the transaction effected by the instrument forms part of a larger transaction or series of transactions, ad valorem duty upon that instrument and upon any other instrument following shall be calculated on the aggregate of the consideration or market values of the separate parts or parcels being conveyed, whichever is the higher, at the rates specified under Item 32(a) of the First Schedule.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/21.Certain contracts to be chargeable as conveyances on sale

21. Certain contracts to be chargeable as conveyances on sale

(1) Any contract or agreement made in Malaysia under seal or under hand only, for the sale of any equitable estate or interest in any property whatsoever, or for the sale of any estate or interest in any property except lands, tenements, hereditaments, or heritages, or property locally situate out of Malaysia, or goods, wares or merchandise, or stock, or marketable securities, or any ship or vessel, or part interest, share or property of or in any ship or vessel, shall be charged with the same ad valorem duty, to be paid by the purchaser, as if it were an actual conveyance on sale of the estate, interest or property contracted or agreed to be sold.

(2) Where the purchaser has paid the said ad valorem duty and, before having obtained conveyance or transfer of the property, enters into a contract or agreement for the sale of the same, the contract or agreement shall be charged, if the consideration for that sale is in excess of the consideration for the original sale, with the ad valoremduty payable in respect of such excess consideration, and in any other case with the fixed duty of ten ringgit.

(3) Where duty has been duly paid in conformity with the foregoing provisions, the conveyance or transfer made to the purchaser or sub-purchaser, or any other person on his behalf or by his direction, shall not be chargeable with any duty, and the Collector, upon application, either shall denote the payment of the ad valorem duty upon the conveyance or transfer or shall transfer the ad valorem duty thereto upon production of the contract or agreement, or contracts or agreements, duly stamped.

(4) (Deleted by Act A723).

(5) (Deleted by Act A723).

(6) (Deleted by Act A723).

(7) The ad valorem duty paid upon any such contract or agreement shall be returned by the Collector in case the contract or agreement be afterwards rescinded or annulled, or for any other reason be not substantially performed or carried into effect, so as to operate as or be followed by a conveyance or transfer.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/22.Sale of annuity or right not before in existence

22. Sale of annuity or right not before in existence

Where upon the sale of any annuity or other right not before in existence such annuity or other right is not created by actual grant or conveyance, but is only secured by bond, warrant of attorney, covenant, contract or otherwise, the bond or other instrument, or some one of such instruments, if there be more than one, shall be charged with the same duty as an actual grant or conveyance, and shall for the purposes of this Act be deemed an instrument of conveyance on sale.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/23.What is to be deemed a conveyance, not being a sale or mortgage

23. What is to be deemed a conveyance, not being a sale or mortgage

Every instrument and every decree or order of any Court, whereby any property on any occasion, except a sale or mortgage, is transferred to or vested in any person, shall be charged as a conveyance or transfer of property.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/24.Leases, how to be charged in respect of produce, etc.

24. Leases, how to be charged in respect of produce, etc.

(1) Where the consideration or any part of the consideration for which a lease is granted or agreed to be granted consists of any produce or other goods, the value of the produce or goods shall be deemed a consideration in respect of which the lease or agreement is chargeable with ad valorem duty.

(2) Where it is stipulated that the value of the produce or goods is to amount at least to, or is not to exceed, a given sum, or where the lessee is specially charged with, or has the option of paying after any permanent rate of conversion, the value of the produce or goods shall, for the purpose of assessing the ad valorem duty, be estimated at the given sum, or according to such permanent rate.

(3) A lease or agreement for a lease made either wholly or partially for any such consideration, if it contains a statement of the value thereof and is stamped in accordance with the statement, shall, so far as regards the subject matter of the statement, be deemed duly stamped, unless or until it is otherwise shown that the statement is incorrect, and that the lease or agreement is in fact not duly stamped.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/25.Directions as to duty upon leases, etc.

25. Directions as to duty upon leases, etc.

(1) A lease or agreement for a lease or with respect to any letting shall not be charged with any duty in respect of any penal rent, or increased rent in the nature of a penal rent, thereby reserved or agreed to be reserved or made payable or by reason of being made in consideration of the surrender or abandonment of any existing lease, or agreement of or relating to the same subject matter.

(2) A lease made for any consideration in respect whereof it is chargeable with ad valorem duty, and in further consideration either of a covenant by the lessee to make, or of his having previously made, any substantial improvement of or addition to the property demised to him, or of any convenant relating to the matter of the lease, shall not be charged with any duty in respect of such further consideration, except where such further consideration consists of a covenant which if it were contained in a separate deed would be chargeable with ad valorem duty.

(3) An instrument whereby the rent reserved by any other instrument chargeable with duty and duly stamped as a lease is increased shall not be charged with duty otherwise than as a lease in consideration of the additional rent thereby made payable.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/26.Direction as to duty upon transfer of stock

26. Direction as to duty upon transfer of stock

(1) A security for the transfer or re-transfer of any stock shall be charged with the same duty as a similar security for a sum of money equal in amount to the value of the stock; and a transfer, assignment or disposition or assignation of any such security and a reconveyance, release, discharge, surrender, re-surrender, warrant to vacate or renunciation of any such security shall be charged with the same duty as an instrument of the same description relating to a sum of money equal in amount to the value of the stock.

(2) A security for the payment of any rentcharge, annuity or periodical payments by way of repayment, or in satisfaction or discharge of any loan, advance or payment intended to be so repaid, satisfied or discharged, shall be charged with the same duty as a similar security for the payment of the sum of money so lent, advanced or paid.

(3) A transfer of a duly stamped security, and a security by way of further charge for money or stock, added to money or stock previously secured by a duly stamped instrument, shall not be charged with any duty by reason of its containing any further or additional security for the money or stock transferred or previously secured, or the interest or dividends thereof, or any new convenant, proviso, power, stipulation or agreement in relation thereto, or any further assurance of the property comprised in the transferred or previous security.

(4) An instrument chargeable with ad valorem duty as a mortgage shall not be charged with any further duty by reason of the equity of redemption in the mortgaged property being thereby conveyed or limited in any other manner than to a purchaser, or in trust for, or according to the direction of, a purchaser.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/27.Omitted or Deleted Section

27. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act A723).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/28.Security for future advances, how to be charged

28. Security for future advances, how to be charged

(1) A security for the payment or repayment of money to be lent, advanced or paid, or which may become due upon an account current, either with or without money previously due, shall be charged, where the total amount secured or to be ultimately recoverable is in any way limited, with the same duty as a security for the amount so limited.

(2) Where such total amount is unlimited, the security is to be available for such an amount only as the ad valorem duty stamped thereon extends to cover; but where any advance or loan is made in excess of the amount covered by that duty the security shall for the purpose of stamp duty be deemed to be a new and separate instrument bearing date on the day on which the advance or loan is made.

(3) No money to be advanced for the insurance of any property comprised in the security against damage by fire, or for keeping up any policy of life insurance comprised in the security, or for effecting in lieu thereof any new policy, shall be reckoned as forming part of the amount in respect whereof the security is chargeable with ad valoremduty.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/29.Omitted or Deleted Section

29. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act A723).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/29A.Directions as to duty upon a primary or principal security

29A. Directions as to duty upon a primary or principal security

In determining whether an instrument is the only, principal or primary security for any annuity, or for any sum or sums of money or for the payment or repayment of money within the meaning of Item 22(1) or Item 27(a) in the First Schedule, no account shall be taken of any other instrument which is a security for the same annuity, sum or sums of money or for the same payment or repayment, as the case may be, or for any part thereof, unless that other instrument is chargeable with stamp duty under either of the said paragraphs and is duly stamped.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/30.Directions as to sea policy

30. Directions as to sea policy

(1) No contract for sea insurance, other than such insurance as is referred to in section 363 of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 [Ord. No 70 of 1952] or any corresponding provision in any other written law for the time being in force in Sabah or Sarawak shall be valid unless the same is expressed in a policy of sea insurance.

(2) No policy of sea insurance made for time shall be made for any time exceeding twelve months.

(3) No policy of sea insurance shall be valid unless it specifies the particular risk or adventure or the time for which it is made, the names of the subscribers or underwriters, and the amount or amounts insured.

(4) Where any sea insurance is made for or upon a voyage and also for time, or to extend to or cover any time beyond thirty days after the ship shall have arrived at her destination and been there moored at anchor, the policy shall be charged with duty as a policy for or upon a voyage and also with duty as a policy for time.

(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section a policy of sea insurance made for time may contain a continuation clause, and such a policy shall not be invalid on the ground only that by reason of the continuation clause it may become available for a period exceeding twelve months.

(6) There shall be charged on a policy of sea insurance containing a continuation clause the stamp duty mentioned in the First Schedule in addition to the stamp duty which is otherwise chargeable on the policy.

(7) If the risk covered by the continuation clause attaches and a new policy is not issued covering the risk, the continuation clause shall be deemed to be a new and separate contract of sea insurance expressed in the policy in which it is contained, but not covered by the stamp thereon, and the policy shall be stamped in respect of that contract accordingly, but may be so stamped without penalty at any time not exceeding thirty days after the risk has so attached.

(8) Where any person, in consideration of any sum of money paid or to be paid for additional freight or otherwise, agrees to take upon himself any risk attending goods, merchandise or property of any description whatever while on board of any ship or vessel, or engages to indemnify the owner of any such goods, merchandise or property from any risk, loss or damage such agreement or engagement shall be deemed to be a contract for sea insurance.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/31.Legal alteration in sea policies may be made

31. Legal alteration in sea policies may be made

Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the making of any alteration which may lawfully be made in the terms and conditions of any policy of sea insurance after the policy has been underwritten:

Provided that--

(a) the alteration is made before notice of the determination of the risk originally insured;

(b) it does not prolong the time covered by the insurance thereby made beyond the period of six months in the case of a policy made for a less period than six months, or beyond the period of twelve months in the case of a policy made for a greater period than six months;

(c) the articles insured remain the property of the same person or persons; and

(d) no additional or further sum is insured by reason or means of the alteration. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/32.Directions as to certain contract notes

32. Directions as to certain contract notes

(1) Where a contract note is a continuation or carrying over note made for the purpose of continuing or carrying over any transaction for the sale or purchase of stock or marketable securities, the contract note, although it is made in respect of both a sale and purchase, shall be charged with duty under this section as if it related to one of those transactions only, and, if different rates of duty are chargeable in respect of those transactions, to that one of those transactions which would render the contract note chargeable at the highest rate.

(2) Where a contract note advises the sale or purchase of more than one description of stock or marketable security, the note shall be deemed to be as many contract notes as they are descriptions of stocks or securities sold or purchased.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/32A.Obligation to execute contract note

32A. Obligation to execute contract note

(1) Any person who effects any sale or purchase of any stock or marketable security as a dealer or agent, and any person who, by way of business--

(a) deals or holds himself out as dealing as a principal in any stock or marketable security; and

(b) buys or sells any stock or marketable security, shall forthwith make and execute a contract note, and transmit the note to his principal, or to the vendor or purchaser of the stock or marketable security, as the case may be.

(2) No dealer, agent or other person shall have any legal claim to any charge for brokerage, commission or agency with reference to the sale or purchase of any stock or marketable security if he fails to comply with this section.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/33.Duty by whom payable

Part IV LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT OF DUTY

33. Duty by whom payable

The expense of providing the proper stamp duty be borne--

(a) in the case of the instruments described in the first column of the Third Schedule, by the person mentioned in the second column of such Schedule;

(b) in the case of every other instrument, by the person drawing, making or executing such instrument. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/34.Omitted or Deleted Section

34. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act 476).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/35.Exemptions

35. Exemptions

The instruments appearing under the heading of "General Exemptions" in the First Schedule shall not be chargeable with duty.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/36.Mode of adjudication as to proper stamp

Part V ADJUDICATION AS TO STAMPS

36. Mode of adjudication as to proper stamp

(1) All instruments chargeable with duty and executed by any person in Malaysia (except an instrument which by virtue of section 47 cannot be stamped after execution) shall be brought to the Collector and the Collector shall assess the duty, if any, with which in his judgment the instrument is chargeable.

(2) For this purpose the Collector may require an abstract of the instrument to be furnished, and also such affidavit or other evidence as he deems necessary to prove that all the facts and circumstances affecting the liability of the instrument to duty, or the amount of the duty chargeable thereon, are fully and truly set forth therein, and may refuse to proceed upon any such application until such abstract and evidence have been furnished to him accordingly.

(3) No evidence furnished in pursuance of this section shall be used against any person in any civil proceeding, except in an inquiry as to the duty with which the instrument to which it relates is chargeable.

(4) Every person by whom any such evidence is furnished shall, on payment of the full duty with which the instrument to which it relates is chargeable, be relieved from any penalty which he has incurred under this Act by reason of the omission to state truly in such instrument any of the facts or circumstances aforesaid.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/36A.Initial duty

36A. Initial duty

(1) Notwithstanding section 36 but subject to section 36B, the Collector may, on an application made by any person in respect of an instrument for the transfer of an immovable property, assess the initial duty for which the instrument is chargeable.

(2) The application made under subsection (1) shall contain particulars or evidence deemed necessary to prove the facts affecting the liability of the instrument to duty and any valuation report, prepared by a person privately practising as a valuer, on the market value of the immovable property shall for the purposes of this section be sufficient evidence for the Collector to make an assessment on the initial duty for which the instrument is chargeable.

(3) For the purposes of this section, a person shall--

(a) pay a fee of ten ringgit; and

(b) furnish in a form of a bank guarantee payable to the Collector, as security for payment of further duty chargeable on the instrument, if any, valid for a period of not less than six months, of which the value of the bank guarantee shall be determined in accordance with the following formula: 

A - B

where A

is the duty chargeable on such instrument based on the value of immovable property where the value is ascertained in accordance with the following formula:

Y x 100

--

65

where Y is the market value of such property as submitted by that person;

B

is the amount of duty chargeable on such instrument based on the market value submitted by that person.

 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/36AA.Advance duty

36AA. Advance duty

(1) Notwithstanding section 36 and 36A, the Collector may, on an application made by any person assess the advance duty for an instrument for the transfer of an immovable property where the consideration consists wholly of money.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the Collector shall, prior to the market value of the immovable proprty being ascertained by a valuer employed by the Government for the purpose of subsection 36B(1A), ascertain the market value in advance for which the instrument referred to in that subsection is chargeable in accordance with the following formula:

A x 100

________

83.333

where A is the money value of the consideration in respect of an instrument for the transfer of an immovable property as submitted by the person. 

(3) The Collector shall assess the duty chargeable on the instrument referred to in subsection (1) based on the market value as ascertained in advance under subsection (2).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/36B.Additional duty

36B. Additional duty

(1) Where section 36a applies and it appears to the Collector that based on the market value of the property as ascertained by a valuer employed by the Government, the proper amount of duty chargeable on the instrument is higher than the initial duty paid, he may within three months after the payment of the initial duty make an additional assessment on a person liable to pay such duty in the additional amount of duty chargeable.

(1A) Where section 36aa applies and it appears to the Collector that based on the market value of the immovable property as ascertained by the valuer employed by the Government, the proper amount of duty chargeable on the instrument is higher than the advance duty paid, he may make an additional assessment on the person liable to pay such duty in the additional amount of duty chargeable.

(2) As soon as may be after the additional assessment has been made under subsection (1) or (1A) the Collector shall cause a notice of additional assessment to be served on the person liable to pay duty in respect of such assessment.

(3) A notice of additional assessment shall be in appropriate form and shall indicate in addition to any other material include therein--

  • (a)

    the proper amount of duty chargeable, the initial duty or advance duty paid and amount of additional duty chargeable on the instrument; 

    (b) the place at which payment is to be made; 

    (c) the increased sum imposed under subsection (6); and 

    (d) any right of appeal which may exist under this Act. 

(4) The duty chargeable under an assessment shall be due and payable on the service of the notice of additional assessment to the person liable to pay the duty.

(5) Where initial duty due and payable under subsection (4) has not been paid within thirty days after the service of the notice of additional assessment--

(a) the Collector shall call upon the bank guarantee furnished to satisfy that amount of duty payable;

(b) if the bak guarantee amount is insufficient to satisfy such amount, the remaining duty unpaid, shall without any further notice being served, be increased by an amount of ten per cent of such duty so unpaid. 

(6) Where the proper amount of duty chargeable under subsection (1) exceeds the total sum of initial duty paid and bank guarantee furnished, by an amount of more than thirty per cent of that proper amount of duty chargeable, the difference between that amount and thirty per cent of the proper duty chargeable shall be increased by a sum equal to ten per cent of the amount of that difference.

(6A) Where advance duty due and payabale under subsection (4) has not been paid within thirty days after the service of the notice of additional assessment, so much of the duty remaining unpaid upon the expiration of that date shall without any further notice being served, be increased by a sum equal to ten per cent of the duty so unpaid.

(7) The amount of duty unpaid and the increased amount under paragraph (5)(b), and increased sum under subsection (6) or (6A) shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Government.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/36CWhere duty chargeable is equal or lower than advance duty paid and refund of advance duty paid in excess

36C Where duty chargeable is equal or lower than advance duty paid and refund of advance duty paid in excess

(1) Notwithstanding section 36B(1A), where section 36AA applies and it appears to the Collector that based on the market value of the immovable property as ascertained by the valuer employed by the Government, the proper amount of duty chargeable on the instrument is equal to or lower than the advance duty paid, he may notify the person in writing of the valuation on the proper amount of duty and such notification shall be deemed to be an assessment for the purposes of this Act.

(2) Where it is proved to the satisfaction of the Collector that the person has paid the advance duty chargeable under section 36AA in excess of the proper amount of duty referred to in subsection (1), the excess shall be refunded by the Collector.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/37.Certificate by Collector

37. Certificate by Collector

(1) When an instrument brought to the Collector under section 36, 36A, 36AA or 36Band--

(a) the Collector determined that it is already fully stamped; or

(b) the duty assessed by the Collector under such sections, as the case may be, or such a sum as, with the duty already paid in respect of the instrument, is equal to the duty so assessed, has been paid,

(c) [Deleted by Act A1380] the Collector shall certify by indorsement on such instrument that the full duty, or initial duty, advance duty or additional duty,as the case may be, stating the amount, with which it is chargeable, has been paid.

(2) When such instrument is not chargeable with duty the Collector shall certify in manner aforesaid that such instrument is not so chargeable.

(3) Any instrument upon which an indorsement has been made under this section shall be deemed to be duly stamped or not chargeable with duty, as the case may be; and, if chargeable with duty, shall be receivable in evidence or otherwise and may be acted upon and registered as if it had been originally duly stamped.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require the Collector to certify that the full duty with which an instrument is chargeable has been paid--

(a) unless any penalty chargeable in respect of the instrument under this Act has been paid; or

(b) if the instrument cannot by law be stamped. 

(5) This section shall only apply to instrument where indorsement is required to be made on that instrument pursuant to any written law.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/38.Exception to sections 36, 36A, 36AA, 36B, 36C and 37

38. Exception to sections 36, 36A, 36AA, 36B, 36C and 37

Nothing in sections 36, 36A, 36AA, 36B, 36C and 37 shall extend to any instrument chargeable with ad valorem duty and made as a security for money or stock without limit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/38A.Notice of objection

38A. Notice of objection

(1) Any person who is dissatisfied with an assessment or additional assessment of the Collector under this Part may, by written notice (referred to in this Act as "notice of objection"), object to the assessment or additional assessment and apply to the Collector to review the assessment or additional assessment.

(2) Every notice of objection shall state the grounds of objection to the Collector's assessment or additional assessment and shall be made within thirty days after the date of the assessment or additional assessment or such further period as the Collector may allow in any particular case.

(3) The person giving a notice of objection shall furnish further particulars and information in relation to the grounds of the objection if required to do so by the Collector in writing.

(4) The Collector shall, on receipt of a notice of objection and such further particulars and information as he may require under subsection (3), review the assessment or additional assessment.

(5) After the objection has been determined, the Collector shall notify the person in writing of his decision.

(6) Where, on review, it appears to the Collector that the amount of duty originally or additionally assessed is excessive, he may cancel the original or additional assessment and make such other assessment in substitution of the original or additional assessment and shall serve on the person a notice of substituted assessment.

(7) The making of an objection shall not relieve the person of liability to pay the duty as required by this Act.

(8) Any reference in this Act to an assessment or additional assessment shall be construed as including a reference to a substituted assessment under subsection (6).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/39.Appeal to High Court

39. Appeal to High Court

(1) Any person who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Collector under subsection 38A(5) may, within twenty-one days after the person is notified in writing of that decision and upon payment of duty in conformity therewith, appeal against the decision to the High Court by filing a notice of appeal with the High Court and may for that purpose require the Collector to state and sign a case, setting forth the question upon which his opinion was required, and the decision made by him.

(1A) Where a notice of appeal has been filed under subsection (1), the notice shall be served on the Collector within the time stipulated for the filing of the notice of appeal.

(2) The Collector shall thereupon state and sign a case and deliver the same to the person by whom it is required, and the case may, within seven days thereafter or within such further time as the Court may allow, be set down by him for hearing.

(3) Upon the hearing of the case the Court shall determine the question submitted, and, if the instrument in question is in the opinion of the Court chargeable with any duty, shall assess the duty with which it is chargeable.

(4) If it is decided by the Court that the assessment or additional assessment of the Collector is erroneous, any excess of duty which may have been paid in conformity with the erroneous assessment, together with any fine or penalty which may have been paid in consequence thereof, shall be ordered by the Court to be repaid to the appellant, with or without costs as the Court may determine.

(5) If the assessment or additional assessment of the Collector is confirmed the Court may make an order for payment to the Collector of the costs incurred by him in relation to the appeal.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/40.Time of stamping after adjudication

40. Time of stamping after adjudication

Where an instrument is brought to the Collector pursuant to subsection 36(1), the instrument shall be stamped in accordance with the assessment of the Collector within fourteen days after notice of the assessment, and in the case of an application to the High Court under section 39 within fourteen days after the issue of the order of the Court, or within such further period, in either case, as the Collector when giving notice of assessment or the Court when making the order, may specify:

Provided that the said period of fourteen days or any further period specified by the Collector or the Court may, on application made before the period or further period expires, be extended or further extended by the Collector or the Court, as the case may be.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/41.Instruments executed in Malaysia

Part VI OF THE TIME OF STAMPING INSTRUMENTS

41. Instruments executed in Malaysia

Save where express provision to the contrary is contained in this Act, all instruments chargeable with duty and executed by any person in Malaysia shall be stamped before or at the time of execution.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/42.Instruments executed out of Malaysia

42. Instruments executed out of Malaysia

(1) Every instrument chargeable with duty executed only out of Malaysia, and not being a cheque or promissory note, may be stamped within thirty days after it has first been received in Malaysia.

(2) When any such instrument is brought to him for stamping the Collector may require that the date of receipt thereof be verified by production of the envelope in which the same was received or of any accompanying letter, or, unless the date of the instrument shows that it must have been received within thirty days, by statutory declaration.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/43.Bills, cheques or notes drawn out of Malaysia

43. Bills, cheques or notes drawn out of Malaysia

(1) Every person into whose hands any cheque or promissory note drawn or made out of Malaysia comes in Malaysia before it is stamped shall, before he presents the same for acceptance or payment, or endorses, transfers or otherwise negotiates the same in Malaysia, affix thereto the proper adhesive stamp and cancel the same.

(2) If, at the time when any such cheque or note comes into the hands of any bona fide holder in Malaysia, the proper adhesive stamp is affixed thereto and duly cancelled, such stamp shall, so far as relates to such holder, be deemed to have been duly affixed and cancelled.

(3) If, at the time when any such cheque or note comes into the hands of any bona fide holder thereof in Malaysia, there is affixed thereto the proper adhesive stamp not duly cancelled, it shall be competent for such holder to cancel such stamp as if he were the person by whom it was affixed, and upon his so doing the cheque or note shall be deemed duly stamped, and as valid and available as if the stamp had been cancelled by the person by whom it was affixed.

(4) Nothing contained in subsection (2) or (3) shall relieve any person from any penalty incurred by him for omitting to affix or cancel a stamp.

(5) A cheque or promissory note drawn or made out of Malaysia which has not been duly stamped under subsection (1) may be stamped after it has been presented for acceptance or payment, or endorsed, transferred or otherwise negotiated in Malaysia--

(a) if it is stamped within thirty days after it has been first received in Malaysia, on payment in addition to the stamp duty of a penalty of ten ringgit or of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever penalty is the greater; or

(b) if it is stamped after the expiration of thirty days after it has been received in Malaysia, on payment in addition to the stamp duty of a penalty of--

(i) twenty-five ringgit or five per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, if the instrument is stamped within three months after the time for stamping;

(ii) fifty ringgit or ten per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, if the instrument is stamped later than three months but not later than six months after the time for stamping; or

(iii) one hundred ringgit or twenty per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, in any other case.

(6) The Collector may reduce or remit any penalty prescribed by this section.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/44.Bills of exchange and cheques accepted or payable outside Malaysia

44. Bills of exchange and cheques accepted or payable outside Malaysia

Notwithstanding anything in this Act contained, a cheque which is presented for acceptance, or accepted, or payable outside Malaysia shall not be invalid by reason only that it is not stamped in accordance with this Act, and any such cheque which is unstamped or insufficiently stamped may be received in evidence on payment of the proper duty and the penalty, if any, payable under section 47A, and such cheque shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be an instrument which may be stamped after the first execution thereof under such section.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/45.Power of drawee to stamp bills or cheques

45. Power of drawee to stamp bills or cheques

(1) Where any cheque, is presented for payment unstamped, the person to whom it is so presented may affix thereto the proper adhesive stamp, and upon cancelling the same in manner hereinbefore provided, may pay the sum payable upon such cheque and may charge the duty against the person who ought to have paid the same or deduct it from the sum payable as aforesaid, and such cheque shall, so far as respects the duty, be deemed good and valid.

(2) Nothing herein shall relieve any person from any penalty or proceeding to which he may be liable in relation to such cheque.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/46.Transfers of shares

46. Transfers of shares

Transfers of shares which are numbered shall not be stamped until the numbers of the shares are entered.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/47.Stamping of instrument after execution

47. Stamping of instrument after execution

Save where other express provision is made by this or any other Act, any unstamped or insufficiently stamped instrument not being a cheque or promissory note drawn or made within Malaysia may be stamped after execution on payment of the unpaid duty if the instrument is presented for stamping within thirty days of its execution if executed within Malaysia, or within thirty days after it has been first received in Malaysia if it has been executed out of Malaysia.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/47A.Penalty for late stamping

47A. Penalty for late stamping

(1) An instrument which is not stamped within the period specified in or under section 40 or 47 may be stamped on payment of the unpaid duty and a penalty of--

(a) twenty-five ringgit or five per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, if the instrument is stamped within 3 months after the time for stamping;

(b) fifty ringgit or ten per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, if the instrument is stamped later than 3 months but not later than 6 months after the time for stamping; or

(c) one hundred ringgit or twenty per centum of the amount of the deficient duty, whichever sum be the greater, in any other case. 

(2) The Collector may, if he thinks fit, reduce or remit such penalty or the further amount payable under subsection 9(3).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/48.Denoting penalty

48. Denoting penalty

The payment of any penalty prescribed under section 43 or 47A shall be denoted on the instrument concerned-

(a) by a stamp duly cancelled;

(b) by means of an impressed stamp;

(c) by affixing an official receipt to the instrument; or

(d) by attaching a stamp certificate to the instrument, and shall be certified by the Collector.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/49.Persons liable to penalty

49. Persons liable to penalty

The person liable to any penalty under section 43 or section 47A shall be the person by whom the duty is payable in accordance with Part IV.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/50.Penalty, how recoverable

50. Penalty, how recoverable

All duties, penalties and other sums required to be paid under this Part shall be debts due to the Government and shall be recoverable by any of the ways and means in force for the time being for the recovery of debts due to the Government.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/50A.Error in assessment, etc.

50A. Error in assessment, etc.

No assessment shall be affected by-

(a) any erroneous or under assessment of the duty or penalty by the Collector; or

(b) the failure to assess that duty or penalty by the Collector, and the correct amount of duty or penalty due on the instrument shall be debts due to the Government and shall be recoverable by any of the ways and means in force for the time being for the recovery of debts due to the Government.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/51.Examination and impounding of instruments

Part VII INSTRUMENTS NOT DULY STAMPED

51. Examination and impounding of instruments

(1) Every person having by law or consent of parties authority to receive evidence, and every person in charge of a public office, except an officer of police, before whom any instrument, chargeable, in his opinion, with duty, is produced or comes in the performance of his functions, shall, if it appears to him that such instrument is not duly stamped, impound the same.

(2) For that purpose every such person shall examine every instrument so chargeable and so produced or coming before him in order to ascertain whether it is stamped with a stamp of the value and description required by the law in force in Malaysia when such instrument was executed or first executed:

Provided that--

(a) nothing herein contained shall be deemed to require any Magistrate or Judge to examine or impound, if he does not think fit to do so, any instrument coming before him in the course of any criminal proceeding;

(b) in the case of a Judge of the High Court, the duty of examining and impounding any instrument under this section shall be performed by the Registrar. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/52.Instruments not duly stamped inadmissible in evidence

52. Instruments not duly stamped inadmissible in evidence

(1) No instrument chargeable with duty shall be admitted in evidence for any purpose by any person having by law or consent of parties authority to receive evidence, or shall be acted upon, registered, or authenticated by any such person or by any public officer, unless such instrument is duly stamped:

Provided that--

(a) any such instrument shall, subject to all just exceptions, be admitted in evidence on payment of the duty and the penalty, if any, chargeable in respect thereof under section 43 or section 47A;

(b) nothing herein contained shall prevent the admission of any instrument in evidence in any criminal court;

(c) nothing herein contained shall prevent the admission of any instrument in evidence in any court when such instrument has been executed by or on behalf of the Government of Malaysia or of any State or of the Government of any other country or where it bears the certificate of the Collector as provided by this Act. 

(2) No instrument executed outside Malaysia and relating to any property situate, or to any matter or thing done or to be done, in any part of Malaysia shall, except in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1), be given in evidence or referred to or used in any manner in any proceedings in any Court or before any tribunal, board, commission, committee or similar body by whatever name called, established under any written law, unless it is duly stamped in accordance with the law in force in that part of Malaysia at the time when it was first executed relating to stamp duty which would have been chargeable on any such instrument if it had been executed in that part of Malaysia.

(3) In subsection 2, "part of Malaysia" includes any territory which is part of Malaysia at the time of the proceedings, notwithstanding that it was not part of Malaysia when the instrument was executed.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/53.Instruments impounded how dealt with

53. Instruments impounded how dealt with

(1) When the person impounding an instrument under section 51 has by law or consent of parties authority to receive evidence and admits such instrument in evidence on payment of duty and penalty, if any, he shall, as soon as may be convenient, send such instrument, together with the amount of the duty and penalty, if any, paid in respect thereof, to the Collector; and the Collector shall stamp such instrument in accordance with section 43 or section 47A and shall return it to the person who sent it to him.

(2) In every other case in which an instrument is impounded under section 51, the person impounding the same shall send it forthwith to the Collector; and the Collector, on payment of the duty and penalty, if any, chargeable in respect thereof under section 43 or section 47A, shall stamp such instrument and shall return it to the person who sent it to him, but if such duty and penalty, if any, be not paid, he shall retain such instrument.

(3) Any penalty levied under this section may be reduced or remitted in the manner provided for by subsection 47A(2).

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54. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act 476).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/55.Agreements evidenced by letters how stamped

55. Agreements evidenced by letters how stamped

(1) Where a contract or agreement of any kind is effected by correspondence consisting of two or more letters and any one of the letters bears the proper stamp the contract or agreement shall be deemed to be duly stamped.

(2) Where an agreement is evidenced by one or more letters between parties, which letters were not stamped before being used, it shall be lawful for the Collector, on being satisfied that the omission to have the letter or letters stamped did not arise from an intention to evade the payment of stamp duty, to affix the proper stamp on the letter or any one of the letters evidencing the contract on payment of the duty and a further duty of ten ringgit by way of adjudication fee.

(3) On stamping any letter under this section he Collector shall write or cause to be written on the letter the words "Duly Stamped" and shall add his signature or initials thereto and the day, month and year on which the letter was stamped.

(4) Where a letter is so stamped all the letters forming together the agreement may be used in evidence to prove the agreement stated or partly stated in the letter so stamped.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/56.Recovery of duty and penalty

56. Recovery of duty and penalty

When any duty or penalty has been paid in respect of any instrument by any person, any by agreement or under this Act or of any other written law in force at the time when such instrument was executed or first executed some other person was liable to pay the duty on such instrument, the first mentioned person shall be entitled to recover from such other person the amount of the duty or penalty so paid, and for the purpose of such recovery any certificate granted in respect of such instrument by the Collector shall be conclusive evidence as to the amount of the duty and penalty paid and the person by whom they were paid.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/57.Allowance for spoiled stamps

Part VIII ALLOWANCE FOR SPOILED STAMPS

57. Allowance for spoiled stamps

Subject to any rules which may be made under this Act and to the production of such evidence by statutory declaration or otherwise as the Collector may require, allowance shall be made by the Collector for stamps spoiled in the following cases--

(a) the stamp on any paper inadvertently and undesignedly spoiled, obliterated or by any means rendered unfit for the purpose intended, before the paper bears the signature of any person or any instrument written thereon is executed by any party;

(b) any adhesive stamp which has been inadvertently and undesignedly spoiled or rendered unfit for use and has not in the opinion of the Collector been affixed to any paper;

(c) (Deleted by Act 661);

(d) the stamp on any promissory note signed by or on behalf of the maker which has not been made use of in any manner whatever or delivered out of his hands;

(e) the stamp on any promissory note which from any omission or error has been spoiled or rendered useless, although the same, being a promissory note, may have been delivered to the payee, provided that another completed and duly stamped promissory note, is produced identical in every particular except in correction of the error or omission, with the spoiled note;

(f) the stamp used for any of the following instruments--

(i) an instrument executed by any party thereto, but afterwards found to be absolutely void from the beginning;

(ii) an instrument executed by any party thereto, but afterwards found unfit, by reason of any error or mistake therein, for the purpose originally intended;

(iii) an instrument executed by any party thereto, which has not been made use of for any purpose whatever, and which by reason of the inability or refusal of some necessary party to sign the same or to complete the transaction according to the instrument is incomplete and insufficient for the purpose for which it was intended;

(iv) an instrument executed by any party thereto, which by reason of the inability or refusal of any person to act under the same, or for want of registration within the time required by law, fails of the intended purpose or becomes void;

(v) an instrument executed by any party thereto, which is inadvertently and undesignedly spoiled, and in lieu whereof another instrument made between the same parties and for the same purpose is executed and duly stamped, or which becomes useless in consequence of the transaction intended to be thereby effected being effected by some other instrument duly stamped;

(vi) in the case of an instrument executed by any party implementing a sale under a duly stamped agreement for sale and purchase but afterwards became cancelled,annulled, rescinded or is otherwise not performed:

Provided as follows:

(a) that the application for relief is made within twelve months after the stamp has been spoiled or become useless or in the case of an executed instrument after the date of the instrument, or, if it is not dated, within twelve months after the execution thereof by the person whom it was first or alone executed or within such further time as the Collector may prescribe in the case of any instrument sent abroad for execution or when from unavoidable circumstances any instrument for which another has been substituted cannot be produced within the said period;

(aa) that the application for relief is made within two months from the date the instrument of transfer is rejected by the Registrar of Titles;

(b) that in the case of an executed instrument no legal proceeding has been commenced in which the instrument could or would have been given or offered in evidence, and that the instrument is given up to be cancelled. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/58.Allowance for misused stamps

58. Allowance for misused stamps

When any person has inadvertently used for an instrument liable to duty a stamp of greater value than was necessary, or has inadvertently used a stamp for an instrument not liable to any duty, the Collector may, on application made within twelve months after the date of the instrument, or, if it is not dated, within twelve months after the execution thereof by the person by whom it was first or alone executed, and upon the instrument, if liable to duty, being stamped with the proper duty cancel and allow as spoiled the stamp so misused.

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59. Allowance, how to be made

In any case in which allowance is made for spoiled, unused or misused stamps, the Collector shall give in lieu thereof the same value in money.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/59A.Stamp to include official receipt

59A. Stamp to include official receipt

For the purposes of paragraph 57(f), sections 58 and 59, "stamp" includes an official receipt or a stamp certificate.

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Part IX OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

60. Not cancelling adhesive stamps

Any person who, being required by law to cancel an adhesive stamp, neglects or refuses duly and effectually to do so in the manner prescribed by subsection 7(4) shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/60A.Failure to frank documents

60A. Failure to frank documents

Any authorized person who, being required by law to frank any instruments, fails to do so within thirty days from the date the instrument is executed shall be liable to a fine of not less than two hundred ringgit and not more than two thousand ringgit.

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61. Penalty for not setting forth all the facts and circumstances

Any person who with intent to evade the payment of duty--

(a) executes any instrument in which all the facts and circumstances are not truly and fully set forth as required by section 5; or

(b) being employed or concerned in or about the preparation of any instrument neglects or omits fully and truly to set forth therein all the said facts and circumstances; shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/62.Omitted or Deleted Section

62. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act 476).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/63.Penalty for executing and signing documents not duly stamped

63. Penalty for executing and signing documents not duly stamped

(1) Any person who--

(a) with intent to evade the payment of duty, draws, makes, executes or signs, otherwise than as a witness, any instrument whatsoever chargeable with duty without the same being duly stamped; or

(b) having drawn, made, executed or signed, other wise than as a witness, any instrument whatsoever chargeable with duty without the same being duly stamped, fails, without lawful excuse, to procure the due stamping thereof within the time within which such instrument may be stamped without penalty under this Act; or

(c) issues, endorses, transfers or presents for acceptance or payment or accepts, pays or receives payment of or in any manner negotiates any cheque or promissory note without the same being duly stamped; shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred ringgit.

(2) When any penalty has been paid in respect of any instrument under section 43, 47A, 52 or 53, the amount of such penalty shall be allowed in reduction of the fine, if any, subsequently imposed under this section in respect of the same instrument upon the person who paid such penalty.

(3) Subsection (1) shall not apply in respect of any instrument which has been indorsed as "stamped in due time" under section 40.

(4) Paragraph (1)(b) shall not apply to the person mentioned in the second column hereunder in respect of the execution or signature of such of the instruments appearing in the First Schedule as are specified in the corresponding line of the first column--

Title of instrument as described in schedule A

Persons not liable to penalty

Conveyance, assignment, transfer or absolute bill of sale.

Vendor, assignor or transferor

Lease or agreement for lease.

The lessor

Charge, agreement for a charge, bond, debenture, covenant and bill of sale by way of security.

The chargee or obligee in the case of a transfer or reconveyance the transferor, assignor or disposer or the person giving up the security

(5) For the purposes of this section a cheque issued in pursuance of section 9 shall be deemed to be duly stamped.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/64.Penalty for failure to execute and transmit contract note

64. Penalty for failure to execute and transmit contract note

Any person who, being required under section 32A to make and execute a contract note and transmit the note as so required, refuses or neglects to make and execute the contract note or to so transmit the note shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/65.Penalty for post-dating bills

65. Penalty for post-dating bills

Any person who with intent to evade the payment of duty--

(a) draws, makes or issues any promissory note bearing a date subsequent to that on which such note is actually drawn or made; or

(b) knowing that such note has been so postdated, endorses, transfers, presents for acceptance or payment or accepts, pays or receives payment of such note or in any manner negotiates the same, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/66.Omitted or Deleted Section

66. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act A723).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/67.Penalty for not making out policy other than on sea insurance or making one not duly stamped

67. Penalty for not making out policy other than on sea insurance or making one not duly stamped

Any person who--

(a) receives, or takes credit for any premium or consideration for any insurance other than a sea insurance, and does not within one month after receiving or taking credit for the premium or consideration make out and execute a duly stamped policy of insurance; or

(b) makes, executes, or delivers out, or pays or allows in account, or agrees to pay or allow in account, any money upon or in respect of any policy other than a policy of sea insurance which is not duly stamped, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit.

Provided that on application and for good cause shown by any person the Minister of Finance may extend the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this section to a period not exceeding three months in favour of such person.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/68.Penalty for assuring on sea insurance unless under policy duly stamped

68. Penalty for assuring on sea insurance unless under policy duly stamped

(1) Any person who--

(a) becomes an assurer upon any sea insurance or enters into any contract for sea insurance, or directly or indirectly receives or contracts or takes credit in account for any premium or consideration for any sea insurance, or knowingly takes upon himself any risk, or renders himself liable to pay, or pays any sum of money upon any loss, peril or contingency relative to any sea insurance, unless the insurance is expressed in a policy of sea insurance duly stamped; or

(b) makes or effects or knowingly procures to be made or effected any sea insurance, or directly or indirectly gives or pays, or renders himself liable to pay, any premium or consideration for any sea insurance, or enters into any contract for sea insurance unless the insurance is expressed in a policy of sea insurance duly stamped; or

(c) is concerned in any fraudulent contrivance or device, or is guilty of any wilful act, neglect or omission with intent to evade the duties payable on policies of sea insurance or whereby the duties may be evaded, shall for every such offence be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit.

(2) Every broker, agent or other person negotiating or transacting any sea insurance contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Act, or executing any policy of sea insurance upon paper not duly stamped, shall for every such offence be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit and shall not have any legal claim to any charge for brokerage, commission or agency or for any money expended or paid by him with reference to the insurance, and any money paid to him in respect of any such charge shall be deemed to be paid without consideration, and shall remain the property of his employer.

(3) If any person makes or issues, or causes to be made or issued, any document purporting to be a copy of a policy of sea insurance and there is not at the time of the making or issue in existence a policy duly stamped whereof the said document is a copy, he shall for such offence, in addition to any other fine or penalty to which he is liable, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/69.Penalty for issuing share warrant, etc., not duly stamped.

69. Penalty for issuing share warrant, etc., not duly stamped.

(1) If a share warrant or stock certificate to bearer is issued without being duly stamped, the company issuing the same, and also every person who, at the time when it is issued, is the managing director or secretary or other principal officer of the company, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred ringgit.

(2) If any person whose office it is to enrol, register, or enter in or upon any rolls, books or records any instrument chargeable with duty, enrols, registers or enters any such instrument not being duly stamped, he shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/70.Omitted or Deleted Section

70. Omitted or Deleted Section

(Deleted by Act A723).

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/71.Penalty for unauthorized dealing in stamps

71. Penalty for unauthorized dealing in stamps

Any person who, not being duly appointed in accordance with rules made under section 82 to sell and distribute stamps, deals in any way in stamps shall, for every such offence, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/72.Penalty for hawking stamps

72. Penalty for hawking stamps

(1) Any person, who hawks or carries about for sale or exchange any stamps shall, in addition to any other fine or penalty to which he may be liable, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit.

(2) All stamps which are found in the possession of the offender shall be forfeited, and shall be delivered to the Collector to be disposed of as he thinks fit.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/73.Postage stamps

73. Postage stamps

Nothing in this Act shall prevent the sale of stamps at any post office established under the *Post Office Act 1947 [Act 211 ], nor the sale of stamps by any person licensed for that purpose under regulations made under that Act, nor the sale or exchange of postage or revenue stamps for philatelic purposes.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/74.Fraud in relation to duty

74. Fraud in relation to duty

Any person who practises or is concerned in any fraudulent act, contrivance or device not specially provided for by law, with intent to defraud the Government of any duty, shall be liable to a fine of five thousand ringgit.

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74A Recovery from persons leaving Malaysia

(1) The Collector, where he is of the opinion that any person is about or likely to leave Malaysia without paying any duties, penalties or other sums required to be paid under this Act, may issue to any Commissioner of Police or Director of Immigration a certificate containing particulars of those duties, penalties or sums so payable with a request for that person to be prevented from leaving Malaysia unless and until he pays all the duties, penalties or sums so payable or furnished security to the satisfaction of the Collector for their payment.

(2) Subject to any order issued or made under any written law relating to banishment or immigration, any Commissioner of Police or Director of Immigration who receives a request under subsection (1) in respect of any person shall take or cause to be taken all such measures as may be necessary to give effect to it. 

(3) The Collector shall cause notice of the issue of the certificate under subsection (1) to be served personally or by registered post on the person to whom the certificate relates:

Provided that the non-receipt pf the notice by that person shall not invalidate anything done under this section. 

(4) Where a person in respect of whom a certificat has been issued under subsection (1) --

(a) produces a written statement signed on or after the date of the certificate by the Collector to the effect that all the duties, penalties or sums specified in the certificate have been paid or that security has been furnished for the payment; or

(b) pays all the duties, penalties or sums specified in the certificate to the officer in charge of a police station or to an immigration officer, the statement or the payment, as the case may be, shall be sufficient authority for allowing that person to leave Malaysia.

(5) No legal proceedings shall be instituted or maintained against the Government, a State Government, a police officer or any other public officer in respect of anything lawfully done under subsection 74b(2).

(6) In this section --

"Commissioner of Police"

includes a Chief Police Officer;

"Director of Immigration"

means the Director of Immigration in West Malaysia, Sabah or Sarawak;

"immigration officer"

means a public officer having official duties in connection with the control of immigration into Malaysia or any part of Malaysia.

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74B Leaving Malaysia without payment of duties, etc

(1) Any person, to whom a certificate has been issued in respect of him under section 74A, voluntarily leaves or attempts to leave Malaysia without paying all the duties, penalties or sums specified in the certificate or without furnishing security to the satisfaction of the Collector for the payment thereof shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit.

(2) A police officer or immigration officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he reasonably suspects to be committing or is about to commit an offence under this section.

(3) In this section,

"immigration officer"

has the same meaning as in section 74A.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/75.Institution and conduct of prosecution

75. Institution and conduct of prosecution

(1) No prosecution in respect of any offence punishable under this Act shall be instituted without the sanction of the Public Prosecutor.

(2) The Collector may compound any such offence.

(3) The amount of any such composition shall be a debt due to the Government and shall be recoverable by any of the ways and means in force for the time being for the recovery of debts due to the Government.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/76.Books, etc., in the custody of public officers may be inspected without fee

Part X MISCELLANEOUS

76. Books, etc., in the custody of public officers may be inspected without fee

Every public officer having in his custody any registers, books, records, papers, documents or proceedings the inspection whereof may tend to secure any duty, or to prove or lead to the discovery of any fraud or omission in relation to any duty, shall at all reasonable times permit any person authorized in writing by the Collector to inspect for such purpose the registers, books, records, papers, documents or proceedings and to take such notes and extracts as he may deem necessary without fee or charge.

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77. Collector may administer oaths

The Collector is authorized to administer all affirmations and oaths which may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/77A.Electronic medium

77A. Electronic medium

(1) For the purposes of this Act, the Collector may by an electronic medium allow a registered person, without the need for the instrument to be presented to the Collector--

(a) to obtain an assessment of stamp duty and any penalty, if any, on an instrument;

(b) to pay stamp duty and any penalty, if any, on an instrument by electronic funds transfer or otherwise, in accordance with the assessment;

(c) to obtain a stamp certificate in relation to the assessment; or

(d) to obtain an indorsement of stamp duty in a case where section 37 applies. 

(2) In this section, "registered person" means any person who applies to the Collector to register to use the electronic medium.

(3) All conditions and specifications relating to the use of electronic medium shall be determined by the Collector.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/77B.Electronic assessment and stamping of instruments

77B. Electronic assessment and stamping of instruments

(1) For the purposes of this Act, the issue of a stamp certificate for an instrument shall state an assessment of a duty and any penalty, if any, in relation to the instrument.

(2) A registered person must, on receipt of a stamp certificate issued for the instrument by the Collector, immediately attach the stamp certificate to the instrument.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/78.Revision of acts of Collector

78. Revision of acts of Collector

All decisions, orders and acts of the Collector shall be open to revision by the Minister of Finance and may by him be ordered to be revised, altered or modified; and any instrument purporting to have been stamped or re-stamped by order of the Minister of Finance shall be received as duly stamped under this Act.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/79.Responsibility for loss or damage

79. Responsibility for loss or damage

The Government shall not be responsible for the loss of or for damage to any instrument tendered for stamping whilst in the custody of the Collector, nor shall any officer of the Stamp Office be responsible for such loss or damage, unless he has caused it wilfully, fraudulently or by gross negligence.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/80.Power to exempt, reduce or remit duties

80. Power to exempt, reduce or remit duties

(1) The Minister of Finance may by order published in the Gazette exempt from duty, which would otherwise be chargeable under this Act, any instrument or class of any of the instruments belonging to that class, or any instruments when executed by or in favour of any particular class of persons, or by or in favour of any members of that class.

(1A) The Minister of Finance may in any particuler case--

(i) exempt from duty any instrument or all instruments in relation to any scheme which would otherwise be chargeable under this Act; or

(ii) reduce or remit the duties with which any instrument or all instruments in relation to any scheme are chargeable. 

(2) The Minister of Finance may by order published in the Gazette reduce or remit, in the whole or any part of Malaysia, the duties with which any particular class of instruments, or any of the instruments belonging to such class, or any instruments when executed by or in favour of any particular class of persons, or by or in favour of any members of such class, are chargeable.

(3) Any order made under subsection (1) or (2) or any exemption, reduction or remission made under subsection (1A ) may be made to operate retrospectively to any date, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, and may relate to duties chargeable under any written law repealed by this Act as well as to duties chargeable under this Act, and, in the case of any such exemption, remission or reduction, any moneys paid in respect thereof shall be refunded.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/80A.Fund for Tax Refund

80A. Fund for Tax Refund

(1) There shall be paid from time to time into the Fund established under section 111B of the Income Tax Act 1967 such amount of duty collected under this Act as may be authorized by the Minister.

(2) The money of the Fund referred to in subsection (1), shall be applied for the making of a refund of any duty or any other payment required to be made by the Collector under this Act.

(3) Section 14A of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 shall not apply to any refund of any duty or any other payment required to be made under this Act.

(4) Where the Collector is authorized or required by this Act to make any refund of any duty or any other payment required under this Act, he shall certify the amount of the sum to be refunded or paid and cause the refund or payment to be made forthwith.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/81.Power to compound duties in case of issue of bonds, etc.

81. Power to compound duties in case of issue of bonds, etc.

The Minister of Finance may by order published in the Gazette provide for the composition or consolidation of duties in the case of issues by any incorporated company or other body corporate of debentures, bonds or other marketable securities.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/82.Rules

82. Rules

The Minister of Finance may make rules--

(a) to prescribe the revenue stamps to be issued under this Act for the payment of stamp duty, to provide for matters relating to the issue and validity of such stamps, and to regulate the supply and sale of stamps, including revenue stamps, the persons by whom alone such sale is to be conducted, and the duties and remuneration of such persons;

(aa) to prescribe the stamp certificate and official receipt to be issued under this Act for the payment of stamp duty, to provide for matters relating to issue and validity of the stamp certificate and official receipt.

(b) providing for the payment by means of impressed stamps of the duties chargeable upon any of the instruments specified in the First Schedule and prescribing the manner of denoting such payment;

(c) generally for carrying out the purposes of this Act. 

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/83.Repeal

83. Repeal

The Ordinance, Enactments and Proclamations mentioned in the Fourth Schedule are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of such Schedule:

Provided that any subsidiary legislation, appointments and exemptions made or granted under the written laws repealed by this section shall continue in force and have effect as if they had been made or granted under this Act until superseded by subsidiary legislation, appointments and exemptions made or granted under this Act.

Unannotated Statutes of Malaysia - Principal Acts/STAMP ACT 1949 Act 378/STAMP ACT 1949 ACT 378,,/First Schedule