Sabah to update syariah laws

KOTA KINABALU, 4 Aug 2017: 

The Sabah Syariah Judiciary Department will review several provisions of the state’s Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment to ensure it remains relevant with current developments in the management of Islamic matters.

State syariah chief Judge Datuk Jasri Matjakir said this would include a study into the need to impose a compound on any criminal offence committed by Muslims that would be appropriate under syariah law as such provisions had not been established before.

“Thus far, there has been no provision that imposes a compound on any offence under Sabah’s Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment.

“Therefore, there is a need to look into this matter as there are offences that can adequately be punished by imposing a compound to serve as a lesson.”

Speaking after a courtesy call on newly-appointed Sabah attorney-general Zaleha Rose Pandin, Jasri said the visit is also aimed at forging closer cooperation – especially in drafting and updating the law under syariah courts, as it was under the purview of the State Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“During the visit, we also made a proposal to review the Syariah Courts Enactment and other enactments  that have not been reviewed for a very long time to ensure that we (Sabahans) are not left behind from other states on the peninsula that have made several amendments to their syariah law enactments.”

– Bernama

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