PM: Civil court will have precedence in interfaith divorces

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 25 — The civil courts will have precedence in mediating divorce and child custody cases involving spouses who convert to Islam after marriage, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today.

He said the government will table a Bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 in Parliament in October.

“I believe this is a just move that is in line with what Islam demands of us,” Najib said in his speech at the government’ Women’s Day Celebration here.



Amendments to marriage law in the pipeline
Source: The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: Amendments will be made to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 to resolve issues and problems when a spouse converts to Islam.

In announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the amendments will be tabled in the next Dewan Rakyat meeting in October.

“The decision to amend the Act has been agreed by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

“We are aware that this has been an issue and we want to find a solution to this problem,” he said when launching the national Women’s Day celebration Thursday.

Najib said the amendments would be based on three principles, including ensuring that those who went through a civil marriage must settle their divorce in civil court first.

The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of a task force that will look into cases of crime and violence involving children.


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