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Two Separate Judicial Systems The Real Issue, Says Masing

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PETALING JAYA: The danger of running two separate judicial systems in Malaysia is more significant than PAS’ Private Members’ Bill becoming law, says PRS president Tan Sri James Masing (pic).

He was referring to the uproar in response to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s submission of the Bill in Parliament last Thursday.

“While discussing on the tabling of the Syariah Courts Amendment Bill by Hadi Awang, those involved get distracted by the term hudud and ignore the elephant in the room.

“The ‘elephant’ is Malaysia having two judicial systems,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two judicial systems are the Syariah courts and the civil courts, which jointly administer Malaysian law, though their jurisdictions have so far been separate.

“Were these two judicial systems agreed upon when Malaysia was formed in 1963? I don’t believe we did!

“If these two systems were not part of the bargain, then we are entering into new territory on the formation of Malaysia. It’s dangerous territory,” said Masing

He added that PAS should not look at tabling the Bill only from a Muslim perspective and that the “elephant in the room” should not be ignored, as doing so may “wreck” the country.

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