Hornbill Unleashed

August 10, 2017

Marriage amendment Bill passed despite heated debate on unilateral child conversion clause

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

Azalina called on Muslim converts to not ‘hide behind Shariah court judges’ in the name of Islam, but to divorce their spouses responsibly in the civil court. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayA Barisan Nasional (BN) MP has joined Opposition leaders in demanding that Putrajaya reinstate the clause banning unilateral child conversions in the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017.

In his speech in Parliament last night, MCA’s Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Wee Jeck Seng called on Putrajaya to consider reinstating Section 88A, pointing out that the problems arising from unilateral conversions would not end without the clause.

“Generally we know that the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 does not have any changes except the new Section 88A being aborted.

“I propose that the opinion of the child concerned be included during consideration in the civil courts, especially the religion of the children, in the best interest of the child,” he added.

“The last point which I also would like to raise is the abortion of Section 88A. I request that the government which always puts its people first to reconsider that this section is reinserted in the coming amendments. This is because the unilateral conversion issues would still be left hanging without a solution,” Wee said.

Wee also suggested that Section 12 of the LRA Bill which grants equal rights to both parents on matters relating to marriage be expanded to include other matters such as welfare, custody, education and religion.

“This is to ensure that the rights of the non-Muslim spouse are guaranteed, and at the very least, they can jointly give opinions on matters of welfare, custody, education and religion of their children.

Earlier, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran gave a fiery speech in the House, questioning the sincerity of the BN government in wanting to resolve the issue.

“We all know this is all a play on the side. Many BN MPs are revolting against the decision of the Cabinet, but not brave enough. Say one thing but do another.

“Saying it (Section 88A) is against the Constitution is all a lie,” Kulasegaran who is also a lawyer added.

Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin also called on the BN government to honour its pledge, assuring the Opposition would give its full support to even amend the term ‘parent’ in the Federal Constitution, to ‘parents’.

“I just want to seek an explanation as to why Section 88A was withdrawn, because under the Constitution, a two-third support is needed from this respected House. But why didn’t you consult us over here to get the support, so this law can be passed? I want to know why this wasn’t brought to us, because we too agree with them (BN).

“If that is done, then Insyallah, Section 88A can be approved with two-thirds,” she added.

The Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 — which does not contain the proposed Section 88A — is now tabled for a second reading in the Dewan Rakyat.

The 2017 Bill is similar to an earlier version that the government had tabled in Parliament in 2016, but abruptly withdrawn on Monday. The 2016 Bill had included the proposed Section 88A, which made it mandatory for both parents to provide consent before converting their children.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by YISWAREE PALANSAMY


 

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3 Comments »

  1. What kind of a country are we becoming ? This is not the Malaysia I grew up in. My Malay friends do not subscribe to this kind of nonsense. So who are these people who do these things ? How is this right ? How can this be just ? Where is the compassion in the system ? Is it going to be this way for everything now ? All things Islam good and all things non Muslim bad ? That Islam will have a prior claim whenever there is intersection between Islam and some other religion ? Do all non Muslim wives have to live in fear of this kind of occurrence taking place ? How should they protect themselves and their children as the law does not provide them with relief ?

    Comment by Joe — August 10, 2017 @ 11:50 AM | Reply

  2. Why are Sarawak and Sabah BN MPs pretending to be deaf, blind and dumb?

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — August 10, 2017 @ 11:27 AM | Reply

    • Vote out all UMNO Baru controlled Sarawak and Sabah BN candidates in GE 14.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — August 12, 2017 @ 2:26 PM | Reply


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