Former Chief Justice Discloses His Stances On Article 121 (1A)
UUM ONLINE: 22 March - To what extent does Article 121 (1A) affect the fundamental rights of the people in Malaysia?
The former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Dato' Seri Zaki Tun Mohamed Azmi shared his experiences and stances in a lecture entitled 'The Past, Present and Future of Article 121 (1A) of The Federal Constitution: Implications on Human Rights in Malaysia' at the Seminar Hall A, Convention Center, yesterday.
Tun Zaki explained that, Article 121 (1A) is a constitutional provision which prevents the Civil Court from interfering in matters which falls within the jurisdiction of the Syariah court.
"For almost 40 years, we have made every effort to ensure that matters which falls within the jurisdiction of the Syariah court will not be interrupted by the Civil Courts and we have ultimately succeeded when the (1A) provision was finally included in Article 121, said the son of the former Chief Justice (1966-1974), Allahyarham Tun Mohamed Azmi Mohamed.
During the lecture, Tun Zaki also highlighted on the devastating conflicts between the Syariah and civil law based on the Civil Court's decision, as well as how Syariah law became the Lex Loci (law of the land) in Malaysia. He also reviewed the intricacies in the nuptial, divorce, and child custody cases in interracial marriage and religious conversion cases involving Suzi Teo, M Indira Gandhi and Lina Joy.
Tun Zaki also enlightened the audience with the history of the Malaysian legal system before the Federation of Malaya became an independent nation and after independence.
In his speech, the former Chief Justice expressed his admiration on the serene beauty of UUM campus and he also urged all members of the campus community to be proud of the university.