The new Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2009, known as Act 701, was gazetted on the 3rd of September 2009. Anything related to Islamic finance is thoroughly discussed in Part VII of the Act. The previous Central Bank of Malaysia Act 1958 (Act 519) only discussed the Shariah Advisory Council in one section of Part II under the heading of establishment, capital and administration of the bank, whereas the new Act provides comprehensive details for the function of the Shariah Advisory Council in Part VII. The paper reviews the anomalies surrounding the Shariah Advisory Council (SAC) prior to the amendment of the Central Bank Act and highlights the nature of the amendements made. The paper also elaborates the role of expert opinion (al-ra’yu al-khabir) from an Islamic perspective before concluding by summarizing the effect of the amendment on the industry as a whole.
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