KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1, 2016:
MIC has expressed disappointment over the recent Court of Appeal decision in the Indira Gandhi case.
MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the decision had once again opened a Pandora’s Box on the vulnerability of a non-Muslim parent in these cases.
“It shows how a non-Muslim will not be able to protect the religious status of her child in the case of unilateral conversion of the child by the other spouse,” he said in a statement.
He said the constitutional provision pertaining to this issue was discussed at length at various levels of the government, including the Cabinet, in 2009.
“There was an attempt to amend the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 to help resolve some of these issues. Unfortunately there were some hurdles in moving this forward.
“The Prime Minister had on many occasions stated that this issue should be resolved by taking into consideration the rights of the unconverted non-Muslim parent and that of the Muslim parent.
“He had asked the respective agencies to come forward with effective solutions to end this problem.
“Unfortunately, the issue remains unresolved.”
Dr Subramaniam stated the right of the unconverted non-Muslim mother in determining the religion of her minor child still remains vulnerable, with no evident protection within the Malaysian judicial system, as exemplified by the recent judgment.
“The MIC is deeply disappointed with the current situation and remains committed in finding a speedy and effective resolution to this problem through the Cabinet and the offices of the Prime Minister.”
In connection with that, Wanita MIC has created an Facebook page to put pressure on seeking justice in the Indira Gandhi case.
It was created to fight for the rights of the children relating to conversion by introducing new legislation.