Law on the Sharia profession will be applied from June 21, according to the Minister of Religions

The Shari Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Act 2019 (Act 814) will come into effect from June 21, said Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Idris Ahmad.

In a statement released today, he said the law was passed in Dewan Rakyat on July 15, 2019 and in Dewan Negara 16 days later.

He said the decision regarding the effective date of the Sharia Legal Profession Act 2019 and the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Act 2019 (No. 2) (law 1606) was published on June 9.

It was approved by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on May 27 and signed by the cabinet secretary on June 8, he said.

Idris said that in pursuance of Act 814, the Federal Territories Shariah Bar Council was established under Section 42(1) of Act 814, which, among other things, aims to promote and protect the interests of the Sharia profession.

He said it was created for a similar purpose to the creation of the Malaysian Bar Association, which regulates the legal profession in civil courts.

Pursuant to Section 49(1) of Act 814, the Chief Registrar of the Federal Territories Shariah Court of Appeal shall, after the expiration of 30 days and no later than 60 days from the date of entry into force of the act, call all members of the Shariah Bar Council for a meeting anytime and anywhere to elect 13 council members.

“I hope that Law 814 will elevate the Sharia legal institutions and strengthen the Sharia profession through comprehensive regulation of the profession, on an equal footing with the legal profession regulated by the Profession Act 1976 legal (Law 166),” he said. – Bernama, June 15, 2022.

Minnie J. Leonard