Hornbill Unleashed

September 5, 2017

Give us two-thirds majority to pass unilateral child conversion ban, Najib tells women

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak speaks during the National Woman’s Day 2017 event at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on September 4, 2017. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaPutrajaya needs to amend the Federal Constitution to push for a ban on unilateral child conversion but would need a two-thirds majority vote in the Dewan Rakyat to do so, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Speaking at a Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with women here, Najib said his administration is bound by the Constitution despite calls for the ban, that was dropped from the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill passed recently.

“We need maturity to amend the Constitution and a two-thirds majority. I don’t have a two-thirds majority,” Najib said.

The chairman of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional said Putrajaya’s failure to push for the amendment is not for a “lack of trying”.

The Federal Constitution states that a child can be converted with the consent of a “parent”, which is then mentioned as “father or mother” in the Bahasa Malaysia version.

However, the semantics of the constitution’s spirit has been subject to debate, with some arguing that the word parent refers to both parents and not just one.

The then Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong had on June 18, 2013 noted that the government-printed Federal Constitution’s Bahasa Malaysia version had always translated “parent” to the plural form of “ibu bapa” (father and mother), but had in the 2002 edition translated it to read “ibu atau bapa” (father or mother).

“If the women give us a two-thirds majority, we can [amend the constitution],” he said.

Najib was responding to a member of the audience who urged Putrajaya to re-introduce clause 88A that was part of the original amendment bill.

The clause was removed following months of pressure of Islamic groups, though Putrajaya claimed that the removal was due to past court rulings that ruled that the provision in the constitution means a single parent’s consent is enough to convert the religion of children.

Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pm-says-needs-two-thirds-majority-to-pass-unilateral-child-conversion-ban#84woK3bEuJfPkE1G.99ds majority, we can [amend the constitution],” he said.

Najib was responding to a member of the audience who urged Putrajaya to re-introduce clause 88A that was part of the original amendment bill.

The clause was removed following months of pressure of Islamic groups, though Putrajaya claimed that the removal was due to past court rulings that ruled that the provision in the constitution means a single parent’s consent is enough to convert the religion of children.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by  RAM ANAND


 

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2 Comments »

  1. Najib should beg Malaysians to give the highly corrupted UMNO Baru controlled BN two third so that the government shall instruct BNM, MACC, IGP and AG to take actions against Jho Low and all culprits responsible for 1MDB and SRC International financial scandals and emblazement.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — September 5, 2017 @ 4:32 PM | Reply

  2. Is this 1st April ???? What a joke !!!

    Comment by Sii Pai Gong — September 5, 2017 @ 11:39 AM | Reply


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