KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17, 2016:
Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia will submit a memorandum to the government next week providing suggestions on a permanent solution to the issue of child conversions in the country.
Its president, Datuk Mah Siew Keong, said he was also confident that the issue could be resolved as there were currently more viable solutions, after receiving various input from many quarters on the case of M. Indira Gandhi’s custodial battle for her children.
“We (Gerakan) feel that there is a need to have the consent of both parents instead of unilateral conversion.
“Conversion to Islam is not a problem, but this issue has created uneasiness among the public.
“For us, the welfare and interest of children is the biggest priority, and this is an area that must have a permanent solution.”
He said this during a press conference after handing out Chinese New Year aid to dozens of senior citizens and the disabled.
The Cabinet had agreed to find a comprehensive solution to address conversion issues, such as the recent one involving Indira, a kindergarten teacher, and her three children.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had said the Cabinet had discussed the issue and wanted a solution.
The MIC president further added that the government would take into consideration all aspects, including information from the conversion committee set up earlier that had failed to solve the matter before this.
Mah said the memorandum had been developed by Gerakan’s Central Law and Human Rights Bureau.
“I hope the government will look into all our suggestions and implement the necessary. The problem should not be delayed too long,” he said.