Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and cautioned against inciting public sentiment during a hearing on the constitutional validity of 18 state Shariah criminal provisions in Kelantan. Addressing distortions surrounding the case, she clarified that the issue is about the competency of Kelantan’s state legislature, not undermining Islam or Shariah courts.
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Tengku Maimun expressed concern about public statements by legal teams and reminded lawyers of their ethical obligations. The apex court reserved judgment following today’s oral submissions, with the case drawing attention and sparking rallies from certain quarters.