Cabinet nod to set up panel to empower shariah court

Source: FMT News 

Jamil Khir Baharom
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government has agreed to establish a special committee to empower shariah court and shariah law as a whole, in line with the status of Islam as the official religion of the federation as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom said the establishment of the special committee was approved by the cabinet at its meeting yesterday.

He said the initiative also proved the government’s continuous commitment to empowering the shariah court in a holistic manner for                                                                                     the benefit of the Muslims.

“The committee will be a credible platform to improve the existing shariah court’s judicial system,” he said in a statement here today. Read more

Court allows whistleblower to strike out Jamil Khir’s suit

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) director, Akmal Nasir, is free from a lawsuit.

The High Court allowed Akmal on Thursday to strike out a lawsuit by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom. Akmal had reportedly claimed the latter abused public funds.

Akmal’s lawyer, Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, disclosed that Justice Nor Bee Ariffin found that the impugned statement by his client was a comment on Jamil’s conduct as a Minister.

“She (Justice Nor Bee) applied the case of Utusan Malaysia and Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaacob,” he said. “The court awarded cost of RM3,000 to Akmal.”

Lawyer Adnan Seman, acting for Jamil, said he will seek instructions from his client on whether to appeal over the striking out.

Jamil, in charge of Islamic affairs, sued Akmal on November 19 last year. He claimed that Akmal had alleged that he abused his position as a Minister. Akmal had reportedly further alleged that Jamil had used the Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) funds for personal use. Read more