Muslim converts should have right to divorce, lawyers’ group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — The Malaysian Shariah Lawyers Association (PGSM) demanded today for the right of Muslim converts to annul civil marriages.

PGSM president Musa Awang pointed out that Section 51 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 states that if either spouse converts, only the non-converting spouse can file for a petition to dissolve the marriage within three months after the conversion.

Musa said that this is an unfair provision as it seemingly penalises the Muslim convert spouse, who would automatically lose the locus standi to file the petition under the LRA.

“The law must be amended in such a way as to grant the converting spouse to also file the joint petition to annul his or her marriage. Only then this would be a win-win solution,” Musa told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Minister pledges commitment to end interfaith disputes, says doesn’t want Islam misused

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, March 9 ― As debate reignites over unilateral child conversions and interfaith custody disputes, Muslim minister Nancy Shukri expressed today her personal commitment to carry out law reforms, saying she does not want her religion misused by individuals for their own ends.

The de facto law minister was responding to a DAP MP who pressed the government on its commitment to a 2009 Cabinet decision that affirmed a child would not be unilaterally converted to another religion when one parent does.

“What has become your worry ― seven years, I am also worried, because this has already become my responsibility here to ensure that we solve this problem.

“And this is not just for politics, because I as a Muslim, I also do not want our religion to be toyed with, don’t want people to misuse religion as an excuse to achieve their desires. So this has become our joint responsibility in this House, so if there are good suggestions, we are ready to carry it,” the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told Parliament during Question Time. Read more

Minister: Changes to unilateral conversion laws will make Malaysians ‘very happy’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18— Putrajaya’s plans to amend several laws to solve the problem of unilateral conversion of minors will consider the interest of all Malaysians, a minister said today.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who is part of the special ministerial team tasked to look into the matter, said that all Malaysians regardless of their beliefs will be satisfied with the amendments.

“The solution will only be there when Parliament convenes, we will have to make amendments to some of the laws.

“Everyone will be very happy when it happens. The government will take care of the interest of all Malaysians regardless of your beliefs,” the culture and tourism minister said at a news conference here. Read more