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Najib's SRC Case: The case report with headnotes is now available - see  PP v. Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Hj Abd Razak [2020] 8 CLJ 319

 

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JABATAN PENDAFTARAN NEGARA & ORS v. SEORANG KANAK-KANAK & ORS; MAJLIS AGAMA ISLAM NEGERI JOHOR (INTERVENER)
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
ROHANA YUSUF PCA; AZAHAR MOHAMED CJ (MALAYA); DAVID WONG DAK WAH CJ (SABAH AND SARAWAK); MOHD ZAWAWI SALLEH FCJ; ABANG ISKANDAR FCJ; IDRUS HARUN FCJ; NALLINI PATHMANATHAN FCJ
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: 01(f)-43-09-2017(W)]
13 FEBRUARY 2020

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Judicial review - Challenge against decision of Director General of National Registration ('DGNR') - Application by Malay Muslim illegitimate child - Application to enter name of father of child in child's Birth Register - DGNR issued child's birth certificate and entered child's full name with 'bin Abdullah' instead of 'bin' father's name - Application to correct child's name from 'bin Abdullah' to 'bin' father's name dismissed by DGNR - Whether DGNR's refusal to correct or alter particulars 'bin Abdullah' to be substituted with 'bin' father's name in Birth Register made in accordance with law - Whether s. 13A of Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957 ('BDRA') applies to registration of births of Muslim children - Whether enabling child to be named with personal name of person acknowledged to be father of child - Whether 'surname' in s. 13A of BDRA includes patronymic surnames - Whether Malays have surnames
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Fundamental liberties - Personal liberty - Challenge against decision of Director General of National Registration ('DGNR') - Application by Malay Muslim illegitimate child - Application to enter name of father of child in child's Birth Register - DGNR issued child's birth certificate and entered child's full name with 'bin Abdullah' instead of 'bin' father's name - Child's birth certificate contained notation 'Permohonan Seksyen 13' as acknowledgment of registration of birth for illegitimate child - Whether entry of 'bin Abdullah' and notation 'Permohonan Seksyen 13' in child's birth certificate infringed child's fundamental liberties
ISLAMIC LAW: Legislation - Islamic law of State - Challenge against decision of Director General of National Registration ('DGNR') - Application by Malay Muslim illegitimate child - Application to enter name of father of child in child's Birth Register - DGNR issued child's birth certificate and entered child's full name with 'bin Abdullah' instead of 'bin' father's name - Child's birth certificate contained notation 'Permohonan Seksyen 13' as acknowledgment of registration of birth for illegitimate child - DGNR relied on fatwa by National Fatwa Committee ('NFC') in arriving at decision - Whether, in performing registration of births of Muslim children, Registrar of Births and Deaths may refer to and rely on sources of Islamic law on legitimacy - Whether DGNR could rely on fatwa by NFC when child is subjected to Islamic laws of State - Whether illegitimate Muslim child could be ascribed to name of father in Islam - Islamic Family Law (State of Johor) Enactment 2003, ss. 52 & 111

 

 

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