Selangor non-Muslim excos meet sultan; unilateral conversion?

Selangor non-Muslim excos meet sultan; unilateral conversion?

SHAH ALAM: All four Selangor non-Muslim state executive councillors had an audience today with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, at Istana Bukit Kayangan.

Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V. Ganabatirau, Hee Loy Sian and Ng Sze Han were at the palace at about 11 am.

Ganabatirau, when met earlier at the State Secretariat Building, declined to disclose the reason for the audience but said an official statement will be released soon.

It is learned that the four councillors had sought the audience with Sultan Sharafuddin on July 25 to raise several matters, including a proposed amendment to a state enactment on the religious conversion of minors.

However, it has since emerged that Amirudin allegedly sought to introduce an amendment to a state enactment that would have removed the requirement for both parents’ consent to convert a minor to Islam.

Earlier today, DAP national deputy chairman and Selangor chairman Gobind Singh Deo reiterated his party’s rejection of the unilateral conversion of minors to Islam and pledged his party’s support to Selangor Speaker Ng Sue Lim who is from DAP.

Ng is suspected of bringing the assembly proceedings to an early end in order to prevent the tabling of the amendment.

The alleged Selangor proposal for unilateral conversion would contravene the Federal Court ruling in the case of Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi that clarified the wording of the Federal Constitution on the topic.

The bill was proposed by the Selangor Islamic Council and had received a green light from the Sultan.