KUALA LUMPUR: MIC is committed to finding a win-win solution to solve the issue of unilateral conversion of children, says MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam.
He said apart from a legal approach, the party was trying to find other mechanisms on the best way forward without hurting any other communities.
“We are committed to finding a solution so that we can get the same result,” he said at a press conference after the opening of MIC’s 71st general assembly yesterday.
In his speech, Subramaniam said the party had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to consider a 2009 Cabinet decision on unilateral conversion.
The decision then stated that the religion of a child would remain as it was until age 18. Subramaniam said unilateral conversion was still a major issue and had a big impact on the Indian community.
“While we have made some progress in the area of marriages, we have yet to find a resolute solution to the issue of unilateral conversion of children,” he added.
The Cabinet’s April 2009 decision was reported to be that “a child must follow the religion practised by the parents at the time of marriage in the event one of them opts to convert”.
The amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 (LRA), which was passed by the Dewan Rakyat in August, allow either spouse in cases where one party has converted to Islam to have the marriage dissolved in civil courts.
However, a proposed clause to state that the religion of the child “shall remain as the religion of the parties to the marriage prior to the conversion” was dropped.
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