By Eric Toh Matrimonial matters concerning non-Muslims in Malaysia are governed by the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (“LRA”). A joint petition is an application to court whereby both parties to a marriage consent and agree to a divorce and to all the terms of a divorce. A Joint petition is generally less…

By Prisilla Chong Executors and administrators are commonly referred to as personal representatives of an estate. An executor is a person named in the will to administer the assets and carry out the last wishes of a testator. An administrator, on the other hand, is a person appointed by the High Court to administer the…

Our associate, Jasmine Wong, spoke as a panelist at UndiMsia!Chat on Citizenship & Statelessness. The event was organized by the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) and the United Kingdom Malaysian Law Students’ Association (KPUM) on 12.9.2019 to raise awareness on the legal battle for equal citizenship rights by the residents of our…

By Christine Toh and Eric Toh According to the Malaysian Statistics Department, the divorce rate for non-muslim males aged 18 and above was 6.5 per cent in 2017; whereas the divorce rate for non-muslim females aged 16 and above stood at 7 per cent in the same year. Divorce is becoming increasingly common and the…

By Richard Wee, Sarah Kambali, Jackie Goh and Saphna Ravichandran   Wills A Will and Wasiat are governed by different sets of laws in Malaysia. However, both serve a similar purpose – to manage a deceased person’s asset after the demise of that person.   Essentially, non-Muslims may practice the distribution of assets and realise their final wishes…

  by Raymond Mah & Liow Pei Xia The word “adoption” comes from the old French word “adoptare”, meaning “to choose for oneself.” Today, adoption refers to the act of legally taking another person’s child into your family to raise as your own. Adoptive parents may decide to adopt for many different reasons: some adopt due to infertility, some…

The Malaysian Adoption Act 1952 does not address the citizenship of adopted children. As a result, the nationality of adopted children in Malaysia has been determined arbitrarily by the National Registration Department (NRD) in the exercise of its administrative function of registering orders granted by the Malaysian courts. By refusing citizenship to many adopted children, the NRD has forced aggrieved parents to subsequently apply to the Minister of Home Affairs for citizenship for their adopted children, which decision is discretionary and beyond judicial review.

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