ACT 505 TO CONTINUE AFTER THE RETRACTION OF THE BILL

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- The Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) (Act 505) will continue to be adopted after three bills, aimed at replacing and amending the act, are retracted at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the retraction of the bills meant that there was no amendment made to the original act.

"This means that Act 505 which is being adopted now is still maintained, and there is no amendment to the act, good in all cases, including changing the religion of children aged under 18 years old," he said.

He said this to reporters after opening the Outstanding Awards for the 'Ujian Penilaian Kelas Kafa' (UPKK) and 'Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia' (STAM) at the national level, here today.

At the Dewan Rakyat sitting today, Jamil Khir had proposed the retraction of the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Bill 2013, Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013 and the Syariah Criminal Procedure (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013.

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He said the retraction of the bills was decided for the purpose of streamlining them, taking into consideration the interests of everyone.

He said the consultation process with the various parties would be carried out, but the duration period had yet to be set.

In another development, Jamil Khir hoped that the state religious councils would monitor the mosque institution to ensure that the mosques were not abused to deliver political ceramah, especially during the campaign for the Kuala Besut state constituency by-election in Terengganu.

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