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Federal Court Dismisses Government Appeal on Decision to Lift Ban on SIS Book

Sisters in Islam (SIS) lauds today’s decision by the Federal Court to dismiss the Minister of Home Affairs’ appeal against the Appeals Court decision to lift the ban on a book published by SIS. SIS maintains that the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss the Government’s appeal and honour the judicious decisions made by both the…

Statutory Rape Cases and Court’s Discretion

The move by the government to table in Parliament at the next sitting a Bill that will disallow judges from exercising their discretionary powers to reduce the sentence given to statutory rapists has received mixed reaction from the public. The government’s move is clearly in response to the public uproar over the cases in August…

Polygamy Issues by Dr Nik Noriani Nik Badli Shah, Sisters in Islam

20th May 2010 The fact that an elected Member of Parliament has been charged with the offence of committing polygamy without applying for the syariah court’s permission as stipulated for under the provisions of the Islamic Family Law Act (IFL) and enactments (which had been passed by Parliament and the state legislatures) raises significant questions…

On the Islamic Family Law Debate

Pakistan, America, and Malaysia. Three countries that make for strange bedfellows. Yet all three have intersected in my life and molded my understanding of Islam. Born in America and raised in Pakistan, I was educated in the US and now live in KL studying women’s rights and Islamic law. Having keenly followed the debate on…

Utusan – Response to Mashitah

Merujuk kepada apa yang dikatakan oleh Setiausaha Parlimen di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Y.B. Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim dalam Utusan Malaysia pada 26 Disember 2005, Sisters in Islam ingin menjelaskan hal-hal yang berikut 1. Mengapa baru dibuat bantahan? Sebenarnya pihak pertubuhan wanita telah mengemukakan syor-syor pembaharuan dan pindaan undang-undang kepada Jabatan Perdana Menteri, dan juga Kementerian…

Issues of Concern to Muslim Women by SIS Forum Malaysia

Except as expressly authorized by this Constitution, there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender in any law or in the appointment to any office or employment under a public authority or in the administration of any law relating to the acquisition, holding…

Memorandum on the Administration of Justice in Malaysia

20 February 2001 YB Dato’ Dr Rais Yatim Minister Prime Minister’s Department Aras 3, Blok Barat Bangunan Perdana Putra Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan 62502 Putrajaya Dear YB Dato’, In reference to newspaper reports that you will be submitting a report to the Cabinet on the administration of justice in the country, we would like to…

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