‘bin Abdullah’ case: Govt needs to amend laws to facilitate precedent case

‘bin Abdullah’ case: Govt needs to amend laws to facilitate precedent case

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Bar Council president Datuk Abdul Fareed Abdul Ghafoor said the government needs to amend laws to comply with precedent cases, after the Federal Court ruled that a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock cannot bear his or her father’s name.

“The court decision must be respected and followed by all parties. Now it is up to the government to take whatever steps needed relating to legislation,” he said, after attending Civil Law Conference 2020 by Selangor Bar today.

Yesterday, the Federal Court, in a majority 4-3 decision, has ruled that a Muslim child from Johor, conceived out of wedlock, cannot bear his father’s name.

However, the apex court also ordered the National Registration Department to remove the appellation ‘bin Abdullah’ from the boy’s name.

The decision, however, drew brickbats from various quarters, with Suhakam commissioner Noor Aziah Mohd Awal urging the government to amend laws to protect a child’s right to identity, irrespective of race or religion.

“This is against the best interest of the child,” she told Free Malaysia Today.

By Irman Hashim