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|Legal Subjects > Estate Planning > Islamic and Customary Laws|
WHAT IS CUSTOMARY LAW ?
Customary Law is known as "Adat" in the Malay term.
Customary Law is an ancient unwritten laws for a particular place and no rules has ever been enacted by the legislative authority.
WHICH ARE THE GROUPS THAT PRACTICE THE CUSTOMARY LAW IN MALAYSIA ?
There is the Adat Pepatih which is confined to the state of Negeri Sembilan in West Malaysia and the Adat Temenggong in most Malay states except Negeri Sembilan.
While in Sabah and Sarawak, the Iban and Dusun practice the Adat Laws.
WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE IN MALAYSIA UNDER THE ADAT PEPATIH ?
Under the Adat Pepatih, ancestral properties are vested in the female members of the tribe who hold the property in trust for the tribe. These properties cannot be disposed of by any will and can be inherited by female tribe in equal shares. The men do not have the right or title to it.
Where a female is married,