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Tabling of proposed Amendments to Marriage and Divorce Act postponed

Thursday, 6 April 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The tabling of proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 has been postponed. Announcing this, Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi said the decision was made after receiving feedback on the matter.

“The Attorney-General has been asked to study the feedback and look into the proposed amendments together with religious experts. This is to ensure the amendments will not be against Islamic fatwa or the Federal Constitution,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He said this should not be seen as the Government back-tracking on its assurance to non-Muslims that their interest would be protected. Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria recently called for the tabling of the amendment to be deferred, which he claimed was against the Constitution and Islamic laws and that it was ” ridiculing” the religion.

Harussani was quoted as saying that the amendment would also go against a fatwa made in 2009 which stated that if either mother or father converted to Islam, the religious status of their underaged children would automatically be Islam.

He said the proposed amendment under Section 88A whereby the change in the religious status of a child could only be done upon reaching 18 years of age and needed the consent of both parents was “not only against but also ridiculing and disrespecting the fatwa”.

Source by: Internet

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