The MCA central committee has issued a stern warning against its Titi Tinggi assemblyperson Khaw Hock Kong for "not verbally expressing" the party's stand against unilateral conversion.
The warning was over the assemblyperson's decision to walk out of the Perlis legislative assembly in protest of amendment to a state enactment, to allow unilateral conversion of minors.
"YB Khaw failed to express the party's objections in the dewan and outside the dewan, leading speculation on MCA's position on the matter.
"For that failure to express the party's objections verbally, the central committee has decided to issue a stern warning to YB Khaw.
"This should serve as a reminder to all MCA MPs and assemblypersons that the should express MCA's position clearly in the dewan," MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said today.
Act of sabotage
He reiterated MCA's stand against unilateral conversions of minors, and support for the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Bill 2016 which aims to outlaw the practice.
He again stressed that the Perlis enactment amendment is an act of "sabotage" against the federal government's effort to stop unilateral conversion.
The federal bill was tabled for first reading last month.
Among others it states that the religion of a child remains the shared religion of his parents before one parent converted to Islam.
It also states that the child can only be converted to Islam with consent from both the Muslim and non-Muslim parent.
"This development is the result of MCA's work over the years with other component parties to resolve the issues of conversion in this country," he said.
Earlier today, Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian voiced support for the Association of Churches Sarawak's call for the Majlis Islam Sarawak Ordinance to be amended to match the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Bill 2016.
The 2011 Sarawak ordinance allows conversion of a minor to Islam with consent from a parent or guardian.- Mkini