Sisters in Islam (SIS) demands that all parties be transparent about motives behind discussions over a proposed bill in Selangor that would pave the way for unilateral conversion of minors in the state.
We demand to know who proposed this bill and the reason behind it, given that a landmark ruling has already been made at the Federal Court in January last year.
It is important that the intentions of the bill are made clear to the public to prevent the manipulation of our country’s plural legal system and exploitation of Islam for political purposes.
Secret meetings and closed door discussions are unbecoming of a Malaysia whose ambition is to hold democracy, transparency and integrity with the highest regard.
We are concerned and disappointed that public engagements are not being held as this decision will not only have devastating effects on the family institution, but also negatively affect the lives of thousands of children in Selangor.