Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Malaysiakini - No to hudud, but yes to law to stop unilateral conversion




MP SPEAKS PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who is also the MP for Kota Baru, issued a press statement at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
He ‘threatened’ non-Muslim MPs against interfering with PAS president and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).
Takiyuddin said that in retaliation, Muslim MPs would then object to the amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
Firstly, I am astounded by the fact that till to date Takiyuddin has not come to sense that Parliament is not the place for his archaic barter system to take place.
Every MP elected should represent and serve all constituents, regardless of race, religion, gender, etc.
Padang Rengas MP and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz, a fellow Muslim MP, has stated that the reason Kelantan needs stricter syariah laws is because the state has failed to eradicate the necessary crimes all this while and thus required these amendments. Does Takiyuddin (photo) agree to this?
The amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976 are actually well received by other Muslim MPs as well.
They believe that this will guarantee converts genuinely embrace Islam, rather than use Islam as a platform just to evade their responsibilities.
By making the threat, Takiyuddin has inadvertently stated that he would rather vote against having genuine Muslim converts as long as stiffer syariah punishment is enacted.
The government first agreed on talks with regard to unilateral conversion in the year 2005.
Three cabinet committees were formed, all because of our tireless push from day one.
When I raised this issue in Parliament in 2009, there was no support at all from the BN component parties, which till today still dilly-dally on their position, rather than giving a firm and final ultimatum.
Padang Rengas MP and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz, a fellow Muslim MP, has stated that the reason Kelantan needs stricter syariah laws is because the state has failed to eradicate the necessary crimes all this while and thus required these amendments. Does Takiyuddin (photo) agree to this?
The amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976 are actually well received by other Muslim MPs as well.
They believe that this will guarantee converts genuinely embrace Islam, rather than use Islam as a platform just to evade their responsibilities.
By making the threat, Takiyuddin has inadvertently stated that he would rather vote against having genuine Muslim converts as long as stiffer syariah punishment is enacted.
The government first agreed on talks with regard to unilateral conversion in the year 2005.
Three cabinet committees were formed, all because of our tireless push from day one.
When I raised this issue in Parliament in 2009, there was no support at all from the BN component parties, which till today still dilly-dally on their position, rather than giving a firm and final ultimatum.


Friday, November 25, 2016



Out of 5 charged 4 Plead Guilty (PG) to the offences n was fined 2k each.




The other charge was withdrawn as there were mistakes in the charge and as the 4 had PG the last charged was cancelled.




The prosecutor said the bird is a very rare bird and the numbers are decreasing.




Further only a limited number of permits are issued yearly.



Although all the 4 charged has a permit 4 the individual birds the birds were kept in a house different from the permitted.





The wild life department views this a serious offences as the birds can spread diseases to other animals.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

malaysiakini ~ MP wants Parliament to fast-track ‘religious conversion of minors’ bill






The bill to amend laws relating to the unilateral religious conversion of minors should be debated at the current sitting of the Dewan Rakyat, said Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran.


He said although the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 was tabled yesterday, it would only be debated at the March session of Parliament next year.


"From my initial reading of this bill, I feel relevant controversial issues have been addressed. I am in the process of meeting a team of lawyers who are involved in this issue to discuss the bill in detail and its effects in full.




"I am hoping the law minister can 'fast track' this bill to assist the many who are caught in this 'ugly' situation," said Kulasegaran in a statement.


The DAP lawmaker is among the lawyers representing M Indira Gandhi who has been locked in a protracted legal battle with her former husband who converted their three underage children to Islam without her knowledge.


He said many Malaysians, especially children, are suffering in silence because of unilateral conversion and the law must be amended soon to protect them.


He also lauded Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said for tabling the bill and the cabinet committees which had deliberated on this issue.


The bill seeks to include a new provision that stipulates that the religion of any child of a civil marriage shall maintain the same religion, even if one spouse converts to Islam, with a caveat.


"...except where both parties to the marriage agree to a conversion of the child to Islam, subject always to the wishes of the child where he or she has attained the age of eighteen years," reads the new Section 88A(1).


According to the explanatory notes of the bill, the amendments will allow a spouse who had converted to Islam the right to file for divorce in a civil court.


The bill will seek to amend Section 51(1) of the act, removing a clause that reads: "Where one party to a marriage has converted to Islam, the other party who has not so converted may petition for divorce."


A new Section 51(1) and (2) will allow "either party" or "both parties" to file a divorce petition. The words of Section 3 will also be amended to achieve similar effect.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Malaysiakini - No nine-member bench for Indira Gandhi's appeal



A request for a nine-member Federal Court bench to hear the M Indira Gandhi's legal challenge against the unilateral conversion of her children to Islam has been turned down.
Her lawyer M Kulasegaran said this was communicated by the Federal Court office chief executive officer Rajen Devaraj on Wednesday.
"The letter dated Nov 8 simply states that Indira Gandhi's application for an enlarged bench with nine judges is not approved," said Rajen in the letter to Kulasegaran.
Rajen told the lawyer that he was instructed by chief justice Arifin Zakaria to disclose this.
Thus far, there has not been any instance where more than seven judges would hear a case at the Federal Court.
seven-member panel was convened to hear the appeal by the Roman Catholic Church in its suit against the Home Ministry on the rights to publish the term 'Allah'.
It remains unclear how many judges would be on the panel when the Indira Gandhi's appeal is heard on Monday.
Critical case
Indira Gandhi's lawyers had requested a nine-member bench in August because the case may have a bearing on other unilateral conversion cases.


Indira Gandhi, 41, has been locked in a protracted legal battle with her former husband K Pathmanathan @ Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah over custody of their three children.
Muhammad Ridhuan had embraced Islam and converted the three children without Indira Ghandhi's knowledge in 2008.
Her youngest child Prasana Diksa @ Ummu Habiba, then 11-month-old, was taken from her by Muhammad Ridhuan in 2009.
The Ipoh High Court had ruled that the conversion of Indira Gandhi's three children were null and void, but this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in a 2-1 decision in December last year.