| Azlan Othman |
FOURTY-FOUR delegates from the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) with the cooperation of the Islamic departments throughout Malaysia made a visit to the Sultanate to discuss enforcement and prosecution issues on Syariah laws in Brunei Darussalam.
The delegation was led by Haji Mohamad Nordin bin Ibrahim, Deputy Director-General (Policy) of JAKIM.
The closed-door briefing touched on issues and challenges faced by the Religious Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), which was presented by Haji Azman bin Haji Musa.
Hajah Hidayati binti Haji Abd Hadi delivered a presentation on the Syar’ie Prosecution Division.
The discussion was chaired by the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MoRA, Haji Harun bin Haji Junid.
The discussion aimed to gather information on Syariah law methods, with discussions with the relevant institutions on the strategies to enhance officers’ professionalism through the exchange of information, views and feedbacks to overcome problems relating to Syariah enforcement and prosecution.
Haji Harun said Brunei declared the implementation of the Syariah Criminal Penal Code Order effective on May 1, 2014.
Without doubt, since its implementation, there were many challenges and issues.
Meanwhile, Brunei enforcement officials went to Miri, Sarawak to cooperate in this religious matter and hope that such ties would continue in the future.
Haji Mohamad Nordin said both countries shared the same view on human rights in Geneva especially on Syariah act where they shared a similar stand and supported each other along with other Muslim countries worldwide.