High Court grants SIS' appeal to revoke fatwa decision

KHAIRAH N. KARIM


PUTRAJAYA: Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) challenge against the fatwa (edict) which declared that the organisation is a ‘deviant group’ has been sent back to the High Court after their appeal was allowed by the Court of Appeal today.

In unanimously allowing the appeal, a three-man panel, led by judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, fixed March 9 for a case management at the High Court before a different judge.

“We disagree with the High Court judge in upholding the preliminary objection on the issue of jurisdiction,” Tengku Maimun said making no order as to cost.

On Oct 31, 2014, SIS filed a judicial review against the Selangor fatwa committee, Selangor religious council (Mais) and the Selangor government over a fatwa labelling them as a deviant group.

They are seeking for a court order to revoke the fatwa decision.

The fatwa stated that SIS and any individual as well as groups which carried deviant ideologies of liberalism and pluralism as deviating from Islamic teachings.