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Malay customary law is understood to derive from two sources: adat pepatih and adapt. Adat pepatih developed among the matrilineal Minangkabau of Sumatra. According to the Minangkabau Adat pepatih, The Creator is the Prime Mover, The First Cause, The Absolute and The Phenomenon. Although we learn about. What is adat land? • customary land tenure is that it is a matriarchal system or adat pepatih and applicable in the districts of Kuala Pilah,. Rembau, Jelebu and.

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This custom is protected by their king. They may take many difference forms, ranging from minor social sanction, such as ridicule and refusal to pfpatih with adag, to the most extreme — that of ostracism by the community.

Below the female members position of Adat Perpatih; According to local malay term: This has open a new era of development to a community that has been living in the state of backwardness and oppression of the feudal lords.

Under the circumstances it is not difficult to paint a very highly coloured picture of the immense improvement in the position of the Malay mases since the introduction of British rule. The interpretation of these sayings appears to be less difficult than the interpretation of a statute in common law court; for the interpretation of the sayings along with the significance of the metaphores or other figures of speech contained in it is handed down from generation to generation.

Female members owns the rights to hold the property in trust behalf of the family respectively. A digest may give a very faithful picture of its subject but not he actual laws. An Adat Perpatih woman may not sell the land or pass the land to her sons.

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Malays in other parts of the Peninsular are supposed to follow adat temenggong. In addition to that the whole spirit of autocracy is hostile to strictly define system of law. Click here to sign up. These system has no doubt proved to be ineffective in the administration of justice.

The influence of Hindu law and the custom can also be found in the Court hirarchy, prerogatives and ceremonial in the marriage customary rites and in the Malay customary law.

The rapid spreading of Islamic teachings in Malacca and the whole Peninsular was indirectly improved by the Hindu influence in the Malay society.

While the son is considered more robust, can live under any conditions and have lesser need for a house. Minangkabau Malay culture Women in Indonesia.


In such settlement the position of women is immensely strong one. One important point to note about the Malays are although they are being oppressed, it had become a duty to the mases to obey the ruler however cruel he may be.

When Sultan Iskandar converted to Islam he made all his people do the same without any opposition. One must note that the interpretation has not been developed into an esateric science so there will be no serious objection to reinterpretation which is intended to keep pace with the time. Constitutional structure A Malay ruler xdat personally sacred.

Legal sanction are those in which force may be used by a recognized authority Being the living law at a certain time in a certain place, adat is elastic and adaptable to social needs and as such not suitable for codification.

This recource to what one might regard as prepatory work to the enuciation of the rules makes the saying not unduly difficult of understanding. The importance of adat is also pepaith in this saying: The rulers were appointed from the pepstih house. The female heirs inherit equally their mother’s property irrespective of whether or not they predeceased their mother.

The so-called Malay law codes or digest should therefore not to be taken too seriously as representing the adat law in a certain state; decision of tribal chiefs and local institutions will give a more faithful picture of living adat law.

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Everyone had to find himself a protector and this system of non seperation of powers has given a wide room for corruption and cruelty. Shake it and you are sprayed with moisture.

It has not become the pdpatih of the many but peoatih in a few chiefs. According to adat temenggong the laws were in the lands of the rulers assisted by his Bendahara Prime Ministerthe Temenggong Chief of Police and several Menteri Ministers while outside territories were administered through Mandulika Governors.

These unwritten laws especially the sententious saying that has been handed down by oral tradition however have the full force of public opinion behind them, reference to them is sufficient to compel even an unjust judge to do justice to the litigants before him. A study on adat will not only reflect its legal consequences but also the way of life and the identity of the Malays itself.

It however did not explain why only certain parts of the Peninsular follows adat pepateh and the others adat pepstih.


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Due to its geografical situation, the Peninsular of Malaya was favoured by the Indian and Chinese traders plying the sea routes between India and China as far back as the 7th century B. Only when failed or when the dispute was serious enough to require stronger measure were the services of the lembaga sought. Below the female members position of Adat Perpatih.

In the reliance placed on circumstantial evidence, it is probable that mere coincidence will be mistaken for cause and effect. Adat Pepatih is in conflict with Islamic rules in the sphere of land inheritance.

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The imposition of a decision of the majority might leave the minority discontent, while a unanimous decision would make everyone feel a sense of harmony, a feeling of belonging together.

Open rather cages were built at public discourage the public from criminal acts by the sight of horribly mutilated criminals. The “adat” term in Malaysia refer as Customary Law.

This custom is also practised by the Comorian when the Malayo-Polynesian migrated to Africa years ago. The compensation to be paid for a wound would vary according to the intensity of the provocation and also to the place where it was inflicted. There is a great difference between a digest and a code. Sultan Iskandar Shah derived great profit and satisfaction by the prosperity of trade in Malacca.

If a commoner was wronged, he leave it to the chiefs to take up his case, if nothing was done he will probably take the laws into his own hands.

Except in the face of a foreign aggressor each state was self sufficient, so that pepatihh the days of the British protection the territorial chiefs never met regularly in council with the ruler as each one of them met in council with his own tribal chiefs. Matrilineal ppepatih a system in which one belongs to the mother’s lineage; it generally involves the inheritance of property, names or titles from mothers to daughters.

It converted the whole Peninsular by force of arms and made their Pepafih accept the new faith and despatched missionaries along every trade route.

In relation to the law of theft for example, twelve circumstance are forbident.