S'gor MB: Sultan taking another look at unilateral conversion Bill

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  • Monday, 12 Aug 2019

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is taking another look at the proposed amendment to the Syariah enactment pertaining to the conversion of minors, says Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari

In disclosing this, he added that he would be conferring with all relevant parties and leaders at the state and federal level on the proposed amendment.

"I will also have to refer to His Royal Highness the Sultan regarding the matter, " Amirudin told journalists at a Hari Raya Aidiladha event at his official residence here.

He said since the proposed amendment involved the law, everything had to go through close and thorough perusal.

The amendment, which will pave the way for unilateral conversion of minors to Islam with the consent of just one parent, has ruffled many feathers when it was almost tabled at the state legislative assembly sitting earlier this month.

Subsequently, four non-Muslim state executive councillors – Datuk Teng Chang Khim, Ng Tze Han and V. Ganabathirao from the DAP and Hee Loy Sian from PKR – sought an audience with Sultan Sharafuddin.

They met the Ruler last week.

Amirudin said he would also meet the four executive councilors to find out what transpired during their audience with the Sultan.

"I will meet them to get an explanation, " he said.

Amiruddin added that on hindsight it was good that the amendment was not brought before the legislative assembly as there was now space to discuss the matter in depth with all stakeholders.

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