Brunei to expand use of Sharia law

Apr 2010
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The citizens of Brunei have lots of benefits, I think including no income tax. But I'd have to google it to be sure. Anyway, they best keep their noses clean and enjoy their benevolent nanny state. Otherwise it is very easy to move to Malaysia next door (and be poor). I had an Anthropology professor who did research there, and she was protective of them when someone criticized that little country.
 

tomar

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Jan 2011
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The citizens of Brunei have lots of benefits, I think including no income tax. But I'd have to google it to be sure. Anyway, they best keep their noses clean and enjoy their benevolent nanny state. Otherwise it is very easy to move to Malaysia next door (and be poor). I had an Anthropology professor who did research there, and she was protective of them when someone criticized that little country.
Malaysia is not really poor, nor is it very liberal.....

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Malaysia’s highest court has upheld a five-year prison sentence for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on a sodomy charge

But I guess he should have felt lucky not to have been stoned
 

Tulun

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Nov 2010
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One more reason why Shariah is not acceptable... Political opponents can be silenced/stoned under it....
Actually no, that is one reason why judiciary should be independent, otherwise political opponents can (and are) be silenced under all legal systems (Anwar Ibrahim's case was also not under shariah court and shariah law as i understand, in fact the Malaysian Penal Code ultimately derives from the British Indian Penal Code from the 1860s).
 
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Baldtastic

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Aug 2009
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in fact the Malaysian Penal Code ultimately derives from the British Indian Penal Code from the 1860s).
This is an issue within many ex-British colonies. They took on the laws verbatim post independence but not the social, political or legal culture that created these laws, and then amended them back in the UK. Hence why many British laws which govern my life have changed since the 1860's, but not in places like Malaysia,
 

antocya

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May 2012
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The guy who keeps defending Brunei keeps mentioning how it won’t apply to expats, probably because he is one, but this isn’t an expat forum and I don’t think that’s what most people here are concerned about.

On the other hand, it does help to look at how it will actually be implemented and it doesn’t look like it’s quite as dire as people are making it out to be, not that I’m supporting it.
 

tomar

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Jan 2011
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Actually no, that is one reason why judiciary should be independent, otherwise political opponents can (and are) be silenced under all legal systems (Anwar Ibrahim's case was also not under shariah court and shariah law as i understand, in fact the Malaysian Penal Code ultimately derives from the British Indian Penal Code from the 1860s).
Judicial independence is actually a rare thing..... (see the recent case in Canada with executive pressure on the judiciary).... Even if the judiciary IS independent, if they are working based on a medieval penal code, there cannot be good results

Also Malaysia DOES have shariah law under a dual law system

Law of Malaysia - Wikipedia

The dual system of law is provided in Article 121(1A) of the Constitution of Malaysia. Article 3 also provides that Islamic law is a state law matter with the exception for the Federal Territories of Malaysia.[1] Islamic law refers to sharia law, and in Malaysia it is known and spelled as syariah.