In 1933, he graduated from the Saverian College of Shkoder.
He was the leader of the Communist Group of Shkodër. The family took the last name from a great-grandfather named Mal Jaku, who came from the Pepaj clan of the Plan village of Pult. In 1934, he settled in Tirana, where he wrote articles in the Besa newspaper, in a dedicated section for essays on "of great writers" (Albanian: Jetë shkrimtarësh të mëdhenj).
In February 1939, a special court sat in Tirana in judgement of 73 people, including Mala, suspected of communist activities and spreading propaganda.
Among the accused were Tuk Jakova, Vasil Shanto, Vojo Kushi, Branko Kadia, Emin Duraku, and Qemal Stafa. Mala was imprisoned but benefited from the Italian invasion of Albania, escaping on its eve, on 6 April 1939, together with Vasil Shanto.
The same Italians would arrest him soon after for his involvement in anti-Fascist activity, and he was sent to the Santo Stefano Island internment camp in Italy during 1940-1943. In the summer of 1943 he was brought back to Tirana for his case to be reprocessed in court.
Communist dictator Enver Hoxha showed no sympathy for him, and had already secretly instructed Nako Spiru on 4 April 1944 to silently execute him, as being "not a good one".
Luckily Mala escaped execution this time. Hoxha would later refer to Mala as a "confusing anti-Marxist". In 1945 he went to Italy where he was treated for his severe loss of vision.
In 1946, Mala returned to Albania and started working in the National Library.
He would be released soon after the demise of Koci Xoxe, but would be arrested again, serving three jail sentences (a total of 60 years) until his death in 1979 inside the hospital-prison in Tirana. Disappointed by the communist regime and the fact that he had contributed to it, Mala was one of the few communists to give a public apology:.
As an opponent of any dictatorship and Stalinism and being considered a Trotskyist or Orthodox Marxist, he would become a target of the new Albanian communist leadership. Mala was arrested in 1945 accused of being an opponent the Yugoslav-Albanian relationship and the banning of political pluralism.