Friday, July 5, 2013

Muhyiddin: Cabinet to withdraw controversial Bill allowing unilateral conversion of child

The Cabinet has decided to withdraw the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 until the approval of all stakeholders is received, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin said the Cabinet made the decision to withdraw the Bill during its meeting Friday following concerns from various quarters including from within Barisan Nasional.

All consequential amendments from the Bill would also be withdrawn, he said in a statement.

The Bill was tabled for the first reading in Parliament on June 26.

Over in BATU PAHAT, MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong said the Cabinet's decision not to table the Bill shows that the government respects the rights of all races.

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"We thank the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Cabinet in ensuring that the bill is not tabled.

"This shows that the government respect the rights of all races and will not implement new regulations that will harm the unity of the country," he said when contacted.

Chua said it was a decision that all parties welcomed.

"Going forward, we hope new Bills that may be contentious should involve public engagement to show that the Government is transparent and willing to listen to feedback from all groups before making a decision," he added.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel also welcomed the withdrawal of the Bill.
In a statement he said it was a fair move, taking into consideration everyone's sensitivities.

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