BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Gooi Hsiao Leung, via e-mail
I have today submitted in parliament a Private Member’s Bill to amend Article 12(4) of the constitution requiring the consent of both parents and not only a single parent to decide on a child’s religion.
I had decided to file in the Private Member’s Bill following Prime Minister Najib’s recent statement that a constitutional amendment was required to solve the unilateral conversion of minors problem in the country – in which he urged women to give him two-thirds majority support in parliament to make the constitutional amendment.
I call on the prime minister to walk the talk by showing his willingness and serious commitment to resolve the unilateral conversion of minors problem now and not wait until after the general election.
Right now, Najib is just short of 16 MPs to get the two-thirds support needed to make the constitutional amendment, of which I am certain, many more than 16 Pakatan Harapan MPs are ever more ready support the constitutional amendment.
This bill is about respecting the rights of parents to jointly decide the religion of their children, which should be the case, regardless of their race, colour or creed.
I hope and call on all MPs to support my non-partisan bill in resolving once and for all, the long outstanding problem of unilateral religious conversion of minors, which has caused so much anguish to mothers in the country.
Gooi Hsiao Leung is the MP for Alor Setar