PETALING JAYA: A family law practitioner today said Parliament would have to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act (BDRA) if Muslims do not want illegitimate children to carry the surname of their fathers.
However, lawyer Balwant Singh Sidhu said this may prejudice the rights of the natural fathers.
“It will also prejudice the rights of the child as he or she may want to know who the biological father is,” he said.
Balwant said such an amendment may also be challenged as being unconstitutional.
“As the law stands, BDRA imposes a strict statutory duty on the National Registration Department (NRD) to record all deaths and births, legitimate or otherwise, where particulars are available.” Read more