KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2, 2016:
Merely openly acknowledging the discomfort felt by MIC in the case of M. Indira Gandhi does not suffice, said DAP lawmaker M. Kula Segaran.
He urged for more action from the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party and the ruling government.
Kula Segaran, who is also the lawyer representing Indira, noted that several Cabinet committees had been set up in the past to deal with religious conversion issues, one in 2009 and then 2013, with MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam also serving as a member.
However, the opposition Member of Parliament lamented that nothing came of the committee.
Kula Segaran is now urging for a parliamentary committee made up of all parties to be set up in a bid to resolve the issue.
“He (Dr Subramaniam) has been the Cabinet member on the conversion committee since 2009 and what has he done to date to find a permanent solution to this thorny and sensitive issue?
“Just issuing a statement to cool the issue leads us nowhere.
“Subra must come out in the open and set out the issues he has raised to resolve this controversy.
“MIC and the BN must take responsibility for the disturbing state of affairs in conversion cases,” said Kula Segaran in a statement today.
He viewed the Cabinet committee as lacking leadership to tackle the issue, urging for stronger political will in the “paralysed” situation.
“As of today the government and the Committee on Conversions are in a stalemate with no clear decision.
“This is because the issue is complex, sensitive and difficult to resolve.
“I am of the view that the Cabinet committee is incapable and lacks leadership to tackle this issue.
“Thus, I call upon the Prime Minister to form an all-party parliamentary committee to find a win-win formula to this complex issue so that we can have a permanent solution to this unresolved issue.”
Last week, the long-running case of Indira’s child custody battle with her Muslim convert ex-husband took a turn for the worse for her when the Court of Appeal ruled that matters regarding certificates of conversion fell under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.
The ruling was a win for the Perak Religious Department, the state and federal governments, the Registrar of Conversions, the Education Ministry and Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, 46, who had challenged an earlier Ipoh High Court decision to quash their three children’s conversion certificates.