Monday, 8 July 2013

Contentious FT religion Bill withdrawn from #Parliament

 The controversial Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 was withdrawn from Parliament Monday.

This followed a motion by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

Two other related Bills - the Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013 and Syariah Criminal Procedures (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013 - were also withdrawn.

The Bill was tabled for the first reading in Parliament on June 26.

On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Bill would be withdrawn until an agreement was reached with all stakeholders.

He said the Cabinet decided to withdraw the Bill from the current Dewan Rakyat meeting following concerns from various quarters, including Barisan Nasional's component party members.

Various groups had voiced their opposition to the Bill, which included a controversial provision allowing a child to be converted with the consent of only one parent.



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