The case highlights conflicts within Malaysia's dual track justice system. Islamic laws only apply to Muslims in personal matters. Non-Muslims are covered under civil laws. Rights groups have criticised the Federal Court for delaying its decision in this landmark case. They say overlaps between the two legal systems need to be addressed urgently.For more on Malaysia's Islamic Courts, check out Michael Peletz' Islamic Modern.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Dual Track Justice
Here's an interesting case from Malaysia: in a custody dispute, the Islamic court awarded a couple's children to the Muslim father, while the civil courts awarded them to the Hindu mother. The case is now at the Federal Court (Malaysia's highest court). Here is an enlightening except from the BBC article: