Kuala Lumpur, Dec. 12, 2009 — The Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association announced at its 22nd Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur that lawyer Hj. Zainurijal Abu Bakar has been elected to become its 5th president, succeeding Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang.
Zainurijal is a former president of the Shariah Lawyers Association of Malaysia (PGSM). He is a partner in the firm Zainurijal Talha & Amir and has served on various committees at the Attorney General’s Chamber as well as State Religious Departments.
Hj. Hanif Kathree Abdalla was elected to become the deputy president. Also elected as Vice Presidents were Hj. Abdul Rahim Sinwan and Azril Mohd Amin and Abdul Halim Bahari as Secretary General.
With more than 1,000 members, the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association is potentially the largest Muslim voluntary professional membership organization in Malaysia. As the Muslim voice of the legal profession, the MLA works collaboratively with other Civil Society Organizations to improve the administration of justice; strives to promote programs that assist Muslim lawyers and judges; to provide continuing legal education; and to build public understanding locally and internationally of the importance of the Shariah law and its correlation to the rule of law in a democratic society.