Muzaffar Syah Mallow
On 25 April 2018, the Faculty of Syariah & Law Legal Clinic had successfully organised a talk on the issue concerning rights of transgender in Malaysia. The talk was conducted in order to identified the matter from legal perspective in light with the 2015 Federal Court judgement involving the anti-cross dressing case brought up by three Muslim bridal make-up artists in Negeri Sembilan in 2012. In October 2015, the Malaysian Federal Court, the highest court in the country had overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision that the state Shariah law on anti-cross dressing was unconstitutional and void. The Federal Court further stated that the Court of Appeal had no jurisdiction to declare the law unconstitutional and added the three transgenders which brought the case had used the wrong legal procedure to start their action. In this case, the three Muslim bridal make-up artists namely Muhamad Juzaili Mohamad Khamis, 26, Syukor Jani, 28, and Wan Fairol Wan Ismail, 30 had filed a judicial review application at the Civil High Court to seek declaration that Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal (Negeri Sembilan) Enactment 1992, which criminalises Muslim men for cross-dressing, was invalid and unconstitutional. The talk was delivered by Syarie lawyer, Faisalluddin Mohamat Yusuff from Faisalludin & Partners and attended by the university students and staffs.