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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 1 No 1 (1999)

Chinese Customary Law in Contemporary Malaysia and Singapore

MB Hooker (LLM, Canterbury) is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

This article examines the impact of Chinese customary law as a minority law in the modern nation states of Malaysia and Singapore. It notes the jurisprudence in these states from 1980-99. In taking family law as the basis for analysis, the article explores difference in the interpretational nuances of Chinese customary law. Race and religion are noted as political powers that influence the outcomes of litigation. It concludes that there is a move away from Chinese custom towards a general Western secular form of family organisation.

(1999) 1(1) Asian Law 34

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