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