Civil court should decide on custody of converted children, Federal Court rules

Source: The Malaysian Insider

S. Deepa will continue to have custody over her daughter Sharmila, while her former husband, Izwan Abdullah, over their son, the Federal Court rules today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, February 10, 2016.

The Federal Court ruled today that it is the civil court that should decide the custody of children who were converted to Islam.

A five-man bench chaired by Tan Sri Raus Sharif said a non-Muslim marriage did not dissolve when one party embraced Islam.

“Divorce and custody of non-Muslim marriages are exclusive jurisdiction of the civil court,” he said in dismissing Izwan Abdullah’s appeal.

Raus said a non-Muslim spouse could not abuse his conversion to Islam to escape his obligation. Read more

Mahkamah Sivil forum tepat putuskan hak jagaan anak mualaf, kata Mahkamah Persekutuan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Plaintif S. Deepa tiba di Mahkamah Tinggi Putrajaya bagi kes hak penjagaan anak-anaknya, hari ini. Hakim memutuskan perkahwinan bukan Islam tidak dibubarkan apabila salah satu pihak memeluk Islam. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Kamal Ariffin 10 Februari, 2016.

Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini memutuskan Mahkamah Sivil perlu menentukan hak penjagaan kanak-kanak yang memeluk agama Islam.

Panel 5 hakim diketuai Tan Sri Raus Sharif berkata, perkahwinan bukan Islam tidak dibubarkan apabila salah satu pihak memeluk Islam.

“Perceraian dan hak penjagaan anak bagi perkahwinan bukan Islam adalah bidang kuasa eksklusif mahkamah sivil,” katanya ketika menolak rayuan Izwan Abdullah.

Raus berkata, pasangan bukan Islam tidak boleh menyalahgunakan faktor memeluk agama Islam bagi melarikan diri obligasinya.

Panel hakim itu bagaimanapun, memutuskan dalam kes ini, S. Deepa akan terus mempunyai hak penjagaan ke atas anak perempuannya Sharmila manakala, Izwan terhadap Mithran. Read more

Keputusan jika mahkamah sivil boleh dengar kes jagaan anak mualaf esok

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

SEREMBAN 9 APRIL 2014.  S. Deepa craying as she hung her daughter Sharmila as she think off her son mithrain who was taken away by her ex husband. Asyraf Rasid/the sun

Kes yang akan diputuskan esok melibatkan S Deepa, yang memfailkan hak penjagaan anak selepas bekas suaminya, Izwan Abdullah, menukar agama 2 anak kepada Islam. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 9 Februari, 2016.

Mahkamah Persekutuan akan membuat keputusan esok (Rabu, 10 Februari) berhubung pertikaian hak penjagaan anak yang dimulakan ibu Hindu selepas bekas suaminya menukar agama 2 anak kecil mereka kepada Islam.

Keputusan mahkamah tertinggi itu dijangka menarik minat orang ramai termasuk pengamal undang-undang kerana ia akan memberi kesan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan, dalam kes sama melibatkan M. Indira Gandhi, yang perkara berhubung penukaran agama mesti didengar di Mahkamah Syariah.

Peguam Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla yang mewakili mualaf Izwan Abdullah, berkata Mahkamah Persekutuan memaklumkan mengenai tarikh penghakiman awal minggu ini.

“Kedua-dua ibu bapa perlu membawa bersama kanak-kanak di bawah jagaan mereka seperti diarahkan mahkamah sebelum ini,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider. Read more

Move to blend shariah, common law a political ploy, says lawyer

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Moderator Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin (second left) seen with panellists Nizam Bashir (left), Aston Paiva (second right) and Lim Heng Seng (right) during the forum “Maqasid Syariah in a Constitutional Democracy” in Bayan Baru,Penang, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain,October 31, 2015.

The move to harmonise shariah and common laws in the country is just a ploy to dupe the people into believing that those with no religious credentials represent Islam, a constitutional and human rights lawyer said.

Harmonising the two sets of laws would involve amending the constitution, said Aston Paiva.

“Brandishing it as if you represent Islam is going to dupe people into thinking that you have some credentials when you have none.

“When you have a failing government accused of corruption, the only thing you can do is to seem holier than thou,” he said at the forum, “Maqasid Shariah in a Constitutional Democracy”, in Penang organised by G25 and think tank Penang Institute today. Read more

Pelan selaraskan sivil-syariah bakal undang bencana, pengkritik jawab Putrajaya

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengkritik menyelar cadangan ‘mengharmonikan’ undang-undang sivil dan syariah, kerana undang-undang syariah semasa di Malaysia tidak menyerlahkan keindahan Islam. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 30 Oktober, 2015.

Kenyataan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang Malaysia kini dalam proses “mengharmonikan” undang-undang sivil dan syariah menyebabkan pengkritik menggesa Putrajaya mempertimbangkan semula keutamaannya, di sebalik keadaan semasa undang-undang Islam di negara ini.

Seorang aktivis Islam menyifatkan kenyataan timbalan perdana menteri itu langkah menarik pengundi Melayu-Islam, manakala seorang peguam berkata, Putrajaya sepatutnya memberi tumpuan menyelesaikan konflik di antara undang-undang syariah dan sivil.

Pengasas Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) Datuk Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa berkata, kerajaan gagal melaksanakan intipati sebenar undang-undang syariah di Malaysia, dan mengharmonikannya sekarang dengan undang-undang sivil boleh mencetuskan “bencana”. Read more

Malaysia heading towards harmonising shariah, common law, Zahid says

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysia is progressing towards harmonising and bridging the gap between shariah and common law, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today.

“Actually, if we trace the history of the development of our legal system, the process of harmonisation of shariah and common law has been going on for more than two decades in this country.

“This is truly important in fostering a credible, efficient and conducive legal framework and dynamic regulatory environment.

“Today, we can clearly witness the influence of common law on the rules of procedure and evidence that are now being used in the shariah courts and the application of Islamic law administered by the civil courts,” he said at the opening of the “3rd International Seminar on Syariah and Common Law” at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai today. Read more