THE APPLICABILITY OF MALAYSIA’S FEDERAL COURT RULING ON THE AUTHORITY OF SHARIAH ADVISORY COUNCIL IN CIVIL DISPUTES TO ARBITRATIONS ON ISLAMIC FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS

The Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2009 (“Act“) designated Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Committee on Islamic finance (“SAC“) as the authority for ascertaining Islamic law for the purposes of Islamic financial business. According to Section 2 of the Act, “Islamic financial business” encompasses “any financial business in ringgit or other currency which is subject to the laws enforced by the Bank and consistent with the Shariah“.

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MALAYSIAN APEX COURT DECIDES ON ARBITRABILITY OF DISPUTES INVOLVING A REMEDY OF STATUTORY FORECLOSURE, AND THE INCORPORATION OF ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN MULTI-CONTRACT TRANSACTIONS WHERE ONE CONTRACT CONTAINS AN ENTIRE AGREEMENT CLAUSE

Earlier this year, it was reported that the Malaysian Federal Court on 29 January 2018 decided an application to stay statutory foreclosure proceedings pursuant to a registered security granted over a parcel of land on the basis that the underlying dispute is subject to arbitration in Singapore.  The Federal Court made a ruling with potentially wide-ranging repercussions in the context of the scope of disputes considered arbitrable in Malaysia on the grounds of public policy, and the incorporation of arbitration clauses in multi-contract transactions.

In this post, we consider the decision of the Federal Court in Arch Reinsurance Ltd v Akay Holdings Sdn Bhd [2019] 1 CLJ 305 (“Arch Reinsurance“), its relation to its other apex decisions on arbitration, and its implication for arbitration in Malaysia.

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