MELAKA: The Syariah Court’s judicial system should be strengthened in terms of legislation and hierarchy, to reduce the backlog of cases and for it to mete out appropriate justice to Muslims, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.
He said the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355, must be updated so that it could be more effective in meting out justice in syariah cases in the country.
“We want to see an improvement to Act 355 so that it is more structured and compliant with Syariah rules.
“We hope that all parties, whether the Syariah Court, the Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Department (JKSM), state and federal agencies, as well as the Attorney-General’s Chambers will work towards this.”
Jamil Khir said this in his speech at the opening of the Melaka State Syariah Court Complex in Ayer Keroh, here, today by Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.
Also present were Khalil’s wife Toh Puan Zurina Kassim, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and JKSM director-general/syariah chief judge Tan Sri Dr Ibrahim Lembut.
The RM34.25 million complex located on a 20,234-sq metre land, began operations on Feb 1, 2013.
Jamil Khir said besides the Act, the efficiency and effectiveness of the Syariah Lower Court, Syariah High Court and the Syariah Appeals Court must be improved.
“We want to see the number of cases in these courts reduced and settled fast so that we hand out the best justice, as justice delayed is justice denied.
“This will ensure that the Syariah Court develops and is always respected, not just in Malaysia, but also throughout the world,” he said.