Two UKM Alumni Made First Women Syariah High Court Judges
By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix Faculty of Islamic Studies
BANGI, 1 July 2016 – Two alumni of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at The National University of Malaysia (UKM) have made history as being the first women appointed as Syariah High Court judges in Selangor and Malaysia.
Noor Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, both from Banting, received their letters of appointment from the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in Shah Alam recently.
The ceremony at Istana Bukit Kayangan also saw seven women appointed as judges of the Syariah Subordinate Court, four registrars of the Syariah high Court and four assistant registrars of the subordinate court.
Selangor Syariah Chief Judge, Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, said the appointment reflects the Sultan’s genuine concern for the efficient running of the Islamic justice system in the state.
“However, I wish to emphasise that the appointment of women judges is not a gender issue, rather it is made based on merit,” he said.
He regarded the new appointments as evidence that the state Syariah justice system is progressive and appoints personnel based on ability.
Meanwhile, Nenney Shuhaidah pledged to do her best to discharge the reponsibilities entrusted to her.
Noor Huda, in turn, said the appointments clearly showed that there is confidence in women carrying out important tasks that hitherto was only done by men.
“Gender is not the yardstick but the ability of men or women. God willing, we will try to give our best and be professional when handling cases,” she declared
She and Nenney Shuhaidah expressed hope that more women in other states will be given the opportunity to become Syariah court judges.
Noor Huda graduated with a Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Syariah, Hons) from UKM in 1999 and a Masters in International and Comparative Legal Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011.
Nenney Shuhaidah also graduate in Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Syariah Wal Qanun, Honours) from UKM in 1998 and a Master of Psychology (Counselling) at the same university in 2001.