Minister: FT Shariah Courts approved 238 underage marriage applications

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31— The Federal Territories Shariah Courts approved 238 underage marriage application between 2010 to this year, the government said today.

In a written reply dated July 25, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Religious Affairs, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said that although underage marriages are disallowed in Islam, there are cases where permission has been obtained from the Shariah Court, for “permitted reasons and not a blanket approval”. Read more

‘Unrealistic’, ‘thoughtless’ to federalise Penang, says MCA veep

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun says turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun says turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 ― MCA senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun criticised today Umno minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor’s wish to turn several areas including Penang into Federal Territories (FT) as “unrealistic” and “thoughtless”, without any strong and compelling reason.

Chew who is also vice-president of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Chinese party said turning Penang into a FT requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution, since Article 1(2) states that Malaysia is made up of 13 states.

“Besides fulfilling certain terms and conditions, turning an area into a FT may not be executed by merely a suggestion,” Chew said in a statement.

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Former AG: Putrajaya can acquire state territories by law

Source: FMT News

Abu Talib Othman says that provisions in the constitution however must be met, including getting the consent of the affected state government. Pic from FMT News.

Abu Talib Othman says that provisions in the constitution however must be met, including getting the consent of the affected state government. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya can acquire any part of Malaysia provided provisions in the Federal Constitution are complied with, former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman says.

He said, for a start, the affected state must consent to surrender its territory by passing an enactment in its legislature.

However, Talib said, any acquisition of state territories could be blocked now as the Barisan Nasional (BN) central government did not have the two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend the constitution.

“Also, the affected state governments through their state legislatures must pass a law with a simple majority to surrender part of their territories,” he told FMT. Read more