12 Jul 2013 11:19

Meanwhile, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the decision gave the government and all those concerned time and opportunity to review the Bill.

"In the cabinet, all of us proposed that the tabling of the Bill be retracted...Then we can make the necessary amendments and table it again without any problem.

"We hope this will avoid sensitive issues relating to the religion," he said when approached by reporters after giving away degrees to 35 graduands of the Optometry Faculty, National Institute of Ophthalmic Science, here.

In LABUAN, Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Datuk Ewon Ebin said the dispute on the issue of allowing either one of the parents to change the religion of an underaged child to Islam must be scrutinised.

"I believe that the religion of an underaged child cannot be determined by one party only. As a Christian and a lawyer, I am uncomfortable and totally disagree on this matter.

"I have expressed my stand at the cabinet meeting today that the opinion of all parties must be scrutinised, and appealed that the Bill should not proceed," he told Bernama.

Ewon, who is the member of parliament for Ranau, said Section 107(B) provided in the Bill was seen to be contrary to the cabinet decision on April 23, 2009 whereby the religion of a child could not be changed by the child's mother or father alone.