Unilateral conversion: S'gor MB told to brief Pakatan presidential council

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Mentri Besar has been told to give a full briefing to the Pakatan Harapan presidential council on the proposed Islamic Religious Administration Enactment on Friday (Aug 30).

The decision was made following a meeting convened by the PKR political bureau on Wednesday (Aug 28) chaired by party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, who also attended the meeting, gave a briefing to the bureau.

It was reported that he planned to push through the state Bill to allow the unilateral conversion of minors.

Currently, the consent of both parents are needed in matters concerning the conversion of a minor child to Islam in Selangor. However, if the amendment is passed, then consent will be required from only one parent.

The proposed amendment has drawn criticism from various quarters, including the DAP and MCA.

Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim, who is also DAP's Sekinchan assemblyman, is said to have abruptly convened the state assembly sitting to another date, preventing the proposed amendment to the Syariah enactment from being tabled last week.

Speculation is rife that Ng will be removed as the Selangor Speaker for allegedly blocking Amirudin’s attempt to push through the controversial Bill.

Meanwhile, the Selangor Mentri Besar also gave the latest updates on the programes under the state's Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat (IPR). This includes free water and the Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) for senior citizens among other things.

"The political bureau believes that such programmes should be improved continuously to ensure that the B40 target group is prioritised, as well as to ensure the sustainability to finance such programmes," he said.

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