1. Title of subject Malaysian Legal History
2. Subject code PMH0015
3. Status of subject Core
4. Version Date of current version : May 2005
5. Credit hour 3
LAN’s Credit Hour 3.05
6. Semester Trimester I, Pre-University / Foundation Year
6 7. Pre-Requisite None
8. Method of delivery Lectures and Tutorials
9. Assessment Coursework 50%
Final Examination 50%
10. Teaching staff En Hasbollah
11. Objective of The main objectives of the course are as follows:
subject 1. To make the students appreciate the importance of history in the development of law.
2. To enable the students to understand the origin of the Malaysian Legal System.
3. To expose the students to the historical background of Malaysia.
4. To inculcate critical thinking skills in the minds of the students.
12. Learning At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Outcomes of Subject
1. Understand the historical development of Malaysian legal system.
2. Analyse the influence of English Law in Malaysian legal system.
3. Analyse the factors that brought to independence of Malaysia.
4. Understand the development of customs in Malaysia.
5. Apply the Malaysian legal history into present legal development.
Programme Outcomes % of contribution
Strong basic knowledge to pursue degrees in law
Dedicated, committed, professional and ethical in
carrying out duties and responsibilities 10
Good team work, both as a leader and as a team member. 10
Aware of the importance of maintaining and sustaining 10
religious, social, cultural, economic and environmental
Ability to communicate and interact effectively and
confidently at all levels 20
13. Synopsis of This course is designed to explain the history of the Malaysian Legal System and its
subject evolution to the present time. The materials will be of introductory nature to enable student to
appreciate our own history.
Kursus ini dibuat untuk menerangkan sejarah perundangan Malaysia dan perkembangannya.,
Bahan-bahan nya adalah berbentuk pengenalan supaya pelajar-pelajar akan menghargai
sejarah kita sendiri
14. Details of subject Contents Lectures Tutorials
Influence of Hindu and Buddhist to the Malays; the Rise and
Establishment of Melaka as a Muslim Kingdom
Development of the Law
Prior to the Reception of English Law Local Legal System; the
Aboriginal Legal System; the Legal System of the Melaka Sultanate
Development of the Law
Portuguese and Dutch Administration
British Period in Straits Settlement
Reception of English law; Straits Settlements; Melaka , Penang and
Singapore; Effects of the Reception of English Law in Straits
British Period in the Malay States
Reception of English law; Malay States and Borneo; Effects of the
Reception of English Law in Malays States and Borneo
Custom - West Malaysia 5 2
Malay Customary Law, Hindu Customary Law, Chinese Customary
Custom - East Malaysia 5 1
Native Customary Law, Chinese Customary Law
Total Contact Hours 34 13
LAN’s Equivalent Credit Hours 2.43 0.62
15. Text Prof. Ahmad Ibrahim. Ahilemah Joned 1985 Malaysian Legal System, Kuala
Lumpur, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
16. References 1. Wan Arfah Hamzah, Ramy Bulan, An Introduction to The MalaysianLegal System ,
Penerbit Fajar Bakti
2. Wu Min Aun 1990, An Introduction to Malaysian Legal System ,3rd ed, Kuala Lumpur
3. Grace Chang, Introduction to Civil Procedure in Malaysia
and Singapore, MLJ
4. P.F. Smith & Bailey, (1984) The Modern English Legal System, Sweet and Maxwell
5. Micheal Zander,1985, The Law-Making Process (Weiden and Nicolson) 2nd. Ed.
6. Andrew Harding, Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia, MLJ
7. Salleh Buang, Malaysian Legal History, Cases and Materials, DBP, 1993