Hornbill Unleashed

March 27, 2017

What happened to Bill barring unilateral child conversions? DAP MP asks

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran expressed concern that a Bill prohibiting unilateral religious child conversions may not be passed during the current Parliament sitting. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengAn Opposition lawmaker expressed concern today that a Bill prohibiting unilateral religious child conversions may not be passed during the current Parliament meeting.

DAP national vice-chairman M. Kulasegaran pointed out that Putrajaya’s silence on the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Bill (LRA) 2016 since it was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat last year showed reluctance in passing the Bill.

“There are now tale signs that the said bill may never be debated and passed by Parliament. I understand there are powerful people who want the bill to be withdrawn at all costs come what may.

“I have been hearing from the ‘grapevine’ that this Bill may ‘not see the light at the end of the tunnel’,” he said in a statement today.

The Ipoh Barat MP added that the Bill being pushed down in the Parliament Order Paper was also proof that the government was not interested in amending the law related to marriages.

“The above Bill was to be debated this week as it was listed as no.4 in the Order Paper of Parliament for the last two 2 weeks.

“Now in the 3rd week of the parliamentary session, it has been pushed down to no 8. This clearly indicates there is no priority in getting this Bill passed,” Kulasegaran said.

He also urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to keep his promise in August 2016 to have the Bill passed as a law to “iron out the problem of overlapping jurisdiction between the civil and Shariah courts”.

The proposed LRA amendment was tabled last November 21 during the Dewan Rakyat’s third meeting in 2016 which ran from October 17 to November 24.

It has yet to be debated as most of the meeting was dedicated to the debate of Budget 2017, with only six days, including November 23 and 24, set aside for Bills and other government business.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online


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