Unilateral conversion: No means no, DAP reiterates

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  • Friday, 09 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP has reiterated its stand that any Bill that is unconstitutional should not be tabled in the Selangor state assembly.

Selangor DAP chairman Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said that the Bill to allow unilateral religious conversion of minor children with the consent of just one parent was not discussed in the Pakatan Harapan meeting on Thursday (Aug 8).

“The question of it (possibly) being tabled again was never discussed in the meeting so it doesn't arise.

“But as far as we (the DAP) are concerned, our stand remains.

“We are firm that any Bill that is unconstitutional ought not to be tabled in the state legislative assembly, ” he told reporters at the Level UP KL press conference on Friday (Aug 9).

Gobind, who is also Communications and Multimedia Minister, said this when asked to comment on remarks made by Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.

On Thursday (Aug 8) night, Amirudin said that the Bill allowing for unilateral religious conversion could still be tabled at the next state legislative assembly.

Amirudin had reportedly said that at present, only Selangor, Penang and Sabah still have differing interpretation of laws related to the conversion of minors.

He said that was among the reasons the state wanted to standardise it.

Amirudin told reporters that he had discussed with state leaders whether or not to proceed with the Bill to amend the Selangor state Islamic enactment.

He also said that the Bill needs more discussion as there isn't a clear understanding among assemblymen.

Also on Thursday, Gobind said the DAP will not support any proposed amendments which allow for the unilateral religious conversion of minor children with the consent of just one parent.

Any such attempt in the Selangor state assembly was unconstitutional as it would be contrary to the Federal Constitution, he said.

Gobind said that the Federal Court, in the M. Indira Gandhi case, had clearly explained that consent must be obtained from both parents before a minor is converted.

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