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Towards Malaysian common law: convergence between indigenous norms and common law methods

Shuaib, Farid Sufian (2009) Towards Malaysian common law: convergence between indigenous norms and common law methods. Jurnal Undang-undang dan Masyarakat, 13. pp. 158-169. ISSN 1394-7729

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The predecessors of the Civil Law Act 1956, namely the various Ordinances and enactment, had served well the British imperialist in Malaya and Borneo. It provides a semblance of legitimacy of things she had done and continue to do, namely imposing her law on the colony. It may also have served well a newly independent Malaya and Malaysia in providing continuity and stability of her fragile legal system suffered on the onslaught of imperialist law and political might. The purpose of this research is to examine whether English common law should continue to dominate the development of Malaysian law. Secondly, the work seeks to examine the scheme in which the English common law methods could be employed to develop Malaysian common law. The research found that the inapt position of English law in a land rich in her own culture and heritage, and the impracticality of keeping up with the mercantile law of a foreign land, suggests a need to wean off the law of mother England. Physical judicial autonomy obtained by severance of appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council should be followed by substantive autonomy by severing the umbilical cord to English law. Malaysian common law may be developed by considering Malaysian indigenous law - which refers to laws, customs and norms of the Malaysian – to nurture a truly Malaysian common law. In this way, the interaction between the English legal system and the Malaysian legal system will not be a matter of domination but of convergence.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4281/7865
Uncontrolled Keywords: transplantation, common law, indigenous law
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Farid Sufian Shuaib
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 12:14
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 17:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/7865

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