Saturday, December 3

Govt reviews existing Acts under Syariah Courts — Fuziah

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KUALA LUMPUR: The government is reviewing several of the existing Acts under the Syariah Courts, including Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or Act 355) to uplift the institution, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh.

Fuziah Salleh

She said these acts would be reviewed in depth and holistically before any decision was made.

“In relation to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or Act 355) and other relevant laws, we are looking at it in more detail and, God willing, we are committed, ready to amend the act in empowering the Syariah Courts as whole,” she said during the oral question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara sitting yesterday.

She was replying to a question from Senator Datuk Husain Awang who wanted to know whether the government was willing to amend the  Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or Act 355) to enhance the status of the Syariah Courts.

Fuziah said in efforts to uplift the court’s position, several other aspects were also taken into account, including harmonisation between the syariah and civil laws,  competence aspect of syriah judges and prosecutors and governance as well as infrastructure of the Syariah Courts. — Bernama