Women syariah officers don't meet judge criteria

  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Apr 2003

PUTRAJAYA: None of the women officers in the Syariah Judiciary Department (JKSM) have been appointed syariah judges because they lack the qualifications, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin. 

He said the appointments could not be made immediately because many of them were recently appointed and not qualified to hold the positions. 

“They were appointed syariah officers but as judges they are not qualified yet. When the time comes, they will be appointed,” he said after visiting a JKSM resource centre.  

Abdul Hamid was commenting on a government proposal to appoint women judges in the syariah court system. 

There have been mixed feelings about the proposal with some urging for a review of the appointment to ensure that it does not contravene Islamic principles. 

Abdul Hamid said the Public Services Department did not have any objections to appointing women as syariah judges.  

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