On 19th of July 2014, World Assembly of Muslim Youth organized a public forum entitled “Civil, Islamic or Socialist Law?” that took place in Tun Dr Ismail Hall, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.
The main objectives of organizing this forum are to firstly provide a platform for intellectual discourse regarding the topic of Civil, Islamic and Socialist laws and address all related issues and concerns about these laws. Secondly, it aims to strengthen the public’s understanding on law for good governance whilst continue to actively work on preserving the harmony of Malaysia’s multi-racial society.
The forum was chaired by Professor Dato’ Abang Abdullah Abang Ali with panelists that included YB Liew Chin Tong, member of parliament for the constituency of Kluang, Johor, Professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Head of PAS Research Centre) and Associate Professor Dr Shamrahayu Ab. Aziz, lecturer from the Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Law, IIUM. The forum was conducted in two rounds where during the first round, each panelist were given the opportunity to speak freely on the topic given. It is then followed by a free flow Q&A session from the floor and further comments from all panelists.
Amongst the issue that was raised and addressed was how Malaysia’s legal system is designed to balance its delicate racial and religious needs of its multiracial people. Apart from that, an engaging discussion was also established between participants and the panelists whereby concerns such as the effectiveness of Civil, Islamic and Socialist were addressed.
In conclusion, the forum was well received by participants and the inputs shared by the panelists have proven to be beneficial for the public. It is hoped that this forum will be annually organized and supported by both the public and other local organizations.