KUALA LUMPUR: SIS Forum (Malaysia) can use Sisters In Islam as its name and identity.
The Malaysian Assembly of Mos que Youth (Pemuda Masjid) failed in its bid yesterday to prevent SIS Forum (Malaysia) from using Sisters In Islam.
High Court judge Justice Zabariah Mohd Yusof allowed an application by SIS Forum to strike out the suit against them after meeting the parties in chambers at the court complex here yesterday.
Lawyer Richard Wee, who represented SIS Forum, told reporters that the judge agreed to strike out the suit as she ruled that Pemuda Masjid had insufficient locus standi to act against them.
“If the applicant (Pemuda Masjid) had any problems with SIS Forum, they should take it up with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).
“The judge agreed with this and ruled in our favour,” Wee said.
SIS Forum was also represented by counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar and Azhar Harun while lawyers Mohd Ibrahim Mohd and Anas Fauzi acted for Pemuda Masjid.
On June 16, SIS Forum filed an application to strike out the suit.
On March 22, Pemuda Masjid – a non-governmental organisation with 5,000 members – filed an originating summons seeking a declaration that the valid name for the organisation under the law was not Sisters In Islam and wanted to prevent the organisation from using the name.
In an affidavit filed in support of the application, its executive director Mohd Taqiuddin Abdullah said a check with the SSM revealed that the respondent was registered under the name of SIS Forum (Malaysia) and not Sisters In Islam.
The use of the word Islam was controlled and limited by the Registrar of Companies and could only be used upon getting permission from the SSM and related government agencies, he added.