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(File pic) Malaysia Syarie Lawyers Association president Musa Awang expressed hope that the new AG would play a role to strengthen Syariah laws in each state. (NSTP/INTAN NUR ELLIANA ZAKARIA)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Syarie Lawyers Association has welcomed Tommy Thomas’ appointment as Attorney-General (AG).

Its president Musa Awang expressed hope that the new AG would play a role to strengthen Syariah laws in each state.

“Improvement needs to be made in (Syariah-related) organisations, especially the Syariah advisory body in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

“It is because there are many Syariah legal issues at the national and state-level that need to be relooked at.

“Among them is the enactment of the Syarie Legal Profession Act that had been postponed for so long,” he said.

Musa said the association was of the opinion that the issue of Thomas’ appointment as AG, which involved the Royal Institution, should have taken place behind closed doors and in a civil manner.

“We express our gratitude to Yang di-Pertuan Agong for successfully resolving the issue of Thomas’ appointment as Attorney-General to replace Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

He said this was in line with the King’s powers as enshrined under Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

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