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Friday August 24, 2007

Minister: Study proposal on switch to Syariah law thoroughly


PUTRAJAYA: The proposal to use Syariah law to replace English common law in court proceedings should be studied thoroughly first, said Datuk Dr Abdullah Zin. 

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the move, if approved, should be done in stages. 

Lauding the proposal by Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, he said Syariah law gave importance to justice. 

It would also be a further development for Syariah law in the country in addition to introducing a uniform syariah law in all states, Dr Abdullah sai d yesterday. 

“We are already in the process of getting a uniform syariah law in all 14 states including the Federal Territory relating to family, administration and criminal law. 

“If there are more proposals for the development of Syariah law, they are most welcome but it should be done in stages,” he told reporters after opening the seminar on  

counselling for Muslim terminally ill patients here. 

Ahmad Fairuz had said that there was no need to use English common law after 50 years of independence, suggesting another procedure as a substitute. 

He said Sections 3 and 5 of the Civil Law Act permitted judges wide discretion to import English common law, equity and statutes  

into the legal system to fill gaps in Malaysian laws. 

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail also responded positively to Ahmad Fairuz’s proposal. 

On the seminar, Dr Abdullah said the Islamic way of treating terminally ill patients was not to tell them how many “months they had left to live”. 

“The Islamic way is to give them hope and the will to continue to survive and let them depend on their own physical strength to keep them alive,” he said.  

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