MIC Youth welcomes Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s call for civil courts to have precedence in mediating divorce and child custody conflicts cases by amending the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
Its leader C Sivarraajh said the proposal put forward by Najib will be helpful to end conversion battles that have divided our society.
“The jurisdictional battle between Islamic sharia law and civil laws that had caused deep division in society will finally come to an end.
“It is a win-win formula that the MIC has long been advocating and also well accepted by the people at large.
“The change gives the civil court the precedence to mediate in divorce and child custody cases involving spouses who had converted to Islam after marriage.
“I believe that the amendment to the law would finally iron out the problem of overlapping jurisdiction between the civil and Shariah courts,” said Sivarraajh via a statement.
In next month parliament sitting, the cabinet has agreed to table a proposal to amend the law.
Yesterday Najib said it would be part of the government’s efforts to address the contentious religious conversion issues.
He added that the proposal to amend the law would be coordinated as soon as possible by the Home Ministry.
Najib’s announcement comes after his promise in May that the Cabinet was looking for ways to resolve interfaith child custody conflicts between Muslim and non-Muslim parents.
High profile cases like Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi and her Muslim convert ex-spouse, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah that have been battling in the courts for years, would finally come to an end.
The case triggered backlash from the minorities and prompted calls for Putrajaya to provide a final solution.