PUTRAJAYA, Jan 13, 2016:
The Cabinet has agreed to find a comprehensive solution to address conversion issues, such as the recent one involving kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi’s three children.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the Cabinet had discussed the issue and wanted to solve it.
The MIC president further added that the government would take into consideration all aspects, including information from the conversion committee, that had failed to solve the matter then.
“The government will take steps to enact laws but it is, however, subject to amendments to the Federal Constitution.
“We would also bring the matter to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and, subsequently, to Parliament to debate before making amendments during the next Parliament sitting in March,” he told the reporters during a press conference here today.
In December last year, the Court of Appeal set aside a High Court decision in quashing the certificates of conversion for Indira’s three children, who were made Muslims by her ex-husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, 46, after his conversion.
In a majority decision, a three-member panel ruled that whether a person is a Muslim or otherwise, falls strictly under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.