PARLIAMENT The government has withdrawn all three Federal Territories Islamic Bills which had been slated for second reading in the Dewan Rakyat today.

One of these had proposed the controversial conversion of minors based on the consent of just one parent.
NONEJamil Khir Baharom (left), the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, informed the House of this at the start of the sitting this morning.

The move affects the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013, Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013, and Syariah Criminal Procedures (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013.

Section 107(B) of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 had proposed that either parent could convert a minor to Islam.

The Bill has caused much discontent, with even BN component parties MCA, MIC and Gerakan opposing the provision.

The proposed clause also contradicted the 2009 cabinet decision not to allow unilateral conversion by either parent.

~ Malaysiakini