3 acts to be amended, resolving conflict between shariah and civil courts, says minister

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Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will amend three acts to resolve the conflict of jurisdiction between the shariah and civil courts, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

“The issue arising from the conflict of jurisdiction between the Shariah Court and civil court when one spouse converts his or her religion is expected to be resolved when the amendments to the three acts are made.

“For example, the government’s effort in dealing with sensitive issues including religious conversion, where in this case, the proposed amendments of three acts; Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) 1976 (Act 164), Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 (Act 505) and Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 (Act 303) are now being taken into consideration.”

Nancy said the government always improved and introduced new laws in the country so that the stability and unity among the people would be maintained.

“In the proposed amendment, if a non-Muslim spouse converts into Islam, he should first settle all the obligations and liabilities under the law governing his or her civil marriage, Act 164, such as marriage dissolution, granting alimony to the ex-wife and children, child custody and division of marital assets.” – Bernama, September 4, 2015.