Face Off: Acid Abuse and Consumer Rights

  •  Kartini Aboo Talib Khalid    
  •  Sakina Shaik Ahmad Yusoff    
  •  Rahmah Ismail    
  •  Suzanna M. Isa    


The misuse of acid for personal revenge is a gruesome issue. Several cases were reported and the year 2011 marked the greatest number of cases for such violent attacks. This article discusses the safety issues within the scope of socio-legal perspectives. The scope of the study examines the misuse of acid in Malaysia over the years and the legal aspects pertaining to authorities, consumers, and victims. This study applies a qualitative method with descriptive and critical analyses and evidence. Cases and legal acts are cited accordingly. The law is used as a control mechanism to halt repeating cases by providing jurisprudence for prosecution. Discussions include a few laws such as Consumer Protection Act of 1999 and the Environmental Quality Act of 1974. Findings reveal that the law is significant when the issue becomes rampant and out of control. However the law may not provide justice when punishment is not a deterrent. Although penalties are paid and jail sentences served, these consequences do little to change the felon’s behavior. Thus, strengthening the law without a clear implementation or follow up procedures will keep consumers’ safety at risk. Instead, providing continuous support systems and preventive programs would help create awareness and enhanced personal safety in Malaysian society.

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