Thursday , March 23 2023

The exco willing to risk a political career because of one-sided conversion


Selangor former V Ganabatirau (photo, above) said he was ready to put his political career on the topic of one-sided conversion of children.

This comes after Ganabatirau and four other non-Muslim former members met with Governor Selangor.

While the non-Muslim Selangor ex-members were tight-lipped about what they had discussed with Selangor, Ganabatirau shared a photo of the meeting with the caption "My stand is crystal clear on (the) conversion issue."

"Justice and justice (not) do not belong to (a) particular religion or race, but to all people and without sorrow. (The) supreme religion is humanity with justice, justice and love for all.

"Even if it ends my political career, I will stick to my principles," he said in a Facebook post.

Sources told Malayiakini that Selangor assembly members were informed of the meeting with Governor Selangor, who was sympathetic to issues surrounding the amendment and acknowledged its complexities.

The issue became a political crisis after Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari went ahead and tried to introduce the amendment, which originated from the Islamic Religious Council of Selangor (Mais), despite objections from the majority of Pakistani Harapan assemblymen.

The assembly members advised Amirudin to return to the Selangor Sultan and clarify the situation, as the amendment could be lightened against Harapan.

However, Amirudin submitted the amendment to a Selangor spokesperson, Ng Suee Lim, who reportedly refused to prioritize the amendment, and then shortened the Selangor state assembly.

Ng denied that his move was motivated by the one-sided conversion bill, but the maneuver ultimately stopped the amendment.

Following this, the four former state members sought the hearing with Governor Selangor on Thursday, followed by a meeting with board members Selangor Pakatan Harapan later that day.

After the meeting, Amirudin publicly acknowledged for the first time the one-sided conversion bill.

He said the bill may be presented in the future "if needed", but noted the many arguments against the move.

"The arguments were legitimate and they touched on many aspects. So I think there are good reasons for us to look at the proposed amendments again.

"They were all separated, so it is wise for us to delay, from the point of view of the speaker," he said.

Currently, Selangor law reads that those under the age of 18 must obtain the consent of the "mother and father" before embracing Islam. The amendment aims to change this to "mother or father."

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