Selangor rocked by futile bid to change religious conversion law

PKR-led govt divided over plan to amend Islamic laws to let either parent unilaterally convert kids

In this file photo of a Hari Raya event on June 30, Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali (left) and Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari are seen exchanging greetings. PHOTO: BERNAMA
In this file photo of a Hari Raya event on June 30, Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali (left) and Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari are seen exchanging greetings. PHOTO: BERNAMA

A scuppered attempt to amend Islamic laws so that minors can be converted unilaterally by either parent has rocked the Selangor government led by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

The legislature of Malaysia's richest state was scheduled to sit from July 29 until today, with the Bill to amend the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment to be tabled last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2019, with the headline 'Selangor rocked by futile bid to change religious conversion law'. Subscribe