Kula: Why Gerakan saw new law but not inter-faith council?

PETALING JAYA: An MP has criticised the Federal Government for not getting views from all organisations with an interest in the proposed changes of the civil marriage law relating to religious conversions and protection of children.

M Kula Segaran, the MP for Ipoh Barat, said the lack of political will in the government had caused a long delay in coming out with the proposed changes.

However, after a decision was finally taken to table the necessary amendments in Parliament, the government should ensure that all long-standing issues were satisfactorily and permanently resolved.

He questioned why the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism had neither seen nor agreed to the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriages and Divorce) Act.

He also questioned how Gerakan Youth’s deputy chief Andy Yong had obtained a copy of the amendments. Yong was reported to have said that the amendments contained technical errors and did not meet the objective of protecting minors from unilateral conversion.

“Was he given the proposed amendments by Cabinet minister Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan’s president) or is it because the government is only seeking prior consultation from Barisan Nasional component parties only?,” said Kula, who is national vice-chairman of the DAP.

He said the government must seek consultation from all stakeholders.