ENACTMENT NO. 4 OF 1997
SYARIAH CRIMINAL OFFENCES ENACTMENT 1997

PART I - PRELIMINARY



Section 2. Interpretation.

(1) In this Enactment, unless the context otherwise requires -

"approved home" means any place or institution appointed as such under section 54;

"approved rehabilitation centre" means any place or institution appointed as such under section 54;

"baligh" means having attained the age of puberty according to Islamic Law;

"Court" means the Syariah Subordinate Court, the Syariah High Court, or the Syariah Appeal Court, as the case may be, constituted under section 5 of the Syariah Court Enactment 1993;

"Enactment" means the Administration of Islamic Law Enactment 1978 of the State of Johor;

"fatwa" means any fatwa made under section 16 of the Administration Enactment;

"incest" means sexual intercourse between a man and a woman who are prohibited from marrying each other under Islamic Law;

"Islamic Law" means Islamic Law according to any recognized mazhab;

"Islamic Law Consultative Committee" means the Islamic Law Consultative Committee established under section 125 (2) of the Administration Enactment.

"Judge" means the Chief Syar'i Judge, judge of the Syariah Subordinate Court appointed under sections 6 and 7 respectively, of the Syariah Court Enactment 1993;

"li' an" means an allegation made by a man under oath in accordance with Islamic Law that his wife has committed zina;

"liwat" means sexual relations between male persons;

"Majlis" means the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Johor established under section 4 (1) of the Administration Enactment.

"Mufti" means the person appointed to be the Mufti for the State of Johor under section 14 of the Administration Enactment and includes the Deputy Mufti;

"muncikari" means a person who acts as a procurer between a female and male person for any purpose which is contrary to Islamic Law;

"musahaqah" means sexual relations between female persons;

"qazaf" means making false allegation on any person;

"takrif" means to regard a Muslim as a non-Muslim;

"zina" means sexual intercourse between a man and a woman out of wedlock.

(2) All words and expressions used in this Enactment and not herein defined but defined in the Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967 shall have the meanings thereby assigned to them respectively to the extent that such meanings do not conflict with Islamic Law.

(3) For the avoidance of doubt as to the identity or interpretation of the words and expressions used in this Act that are listed in the Schedule, reference may be made to the Arabic script for those words and expressions as shown against them therein.




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