PUTRAJAYA - The Government is committed to looking after the interests of non-Muslims, and the deferment of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 was to review it so that it would not become mere polemic.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assured that the Government was not backtracking on its commitment to amend the Act. Instead, he said, it wanted the proposal reviewed so that it would not be detrimental to the country.
“We are committed to taking other religions into consideration but the Government feels that, based on the concerns raised by certain groups and individuals, the matter needs to be reviewed.
“We want to ensure that the amendments are not against Islamic fatwa or the Federal Constitution,” he said after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly gathering.
The amendments to the Act will ensure that children cannot be unilaterally converted by any one parent.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Attorney-General was asked to study the feedback and to relook the proposed amendments together with religious and legal experts.
There have been calls for the Government to postpone the tabling of the proposed amendments, including from Perak Mufti Tan