CIVIL vs SYARIAH: ARTICLE 121 (1A): IS IT NOW FINAL?

Prepared by

Muzaffar Syah Mallow

On 15TH November 2017, former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Zaki Tun Azmi delivering a public lecture titled Civil vs Syariah: Article 121 (1A): Is It Now Final? at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Senate Hall. He who is also the Adjunct Professor for the university's Syariah & Laws Faculty (FSU) has suggested that the federal and state governments to come and sit together to discuss the jurisdiction of Syariah and Civil courts and make the necessary amendments if needed. He said that this was because even though the Federal Constitution was amended by inserting Article 121 (1A) in 1988 to state that syariah matters must be decided by Syariah courts, it was still not very clear as certain cases were also heard in Civil courts. "So I am suggesting that the loopholes be plugged. Perhaps a conference of muftis can be held to resolve this because the law is a living thing and has to be amended from time to time," he said. The talk was attended by USIM vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Musa Ahmad, FSU dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkiffli Hasan, FSU academics and students.

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