Family Law Updates: Amended Law Reform Act will come under KDN

PUTRAJAYA, March 15 (Bernama) — The amended Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) will come under the purview of the Home Ministry (KDN) when passed, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

She said the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) would not have any powers under the act after it comes under the Home Ministry.

“The act will be under KDN, because it is more on enforcement,” she told the media after a ceremony to hand over Al Quran Tafsir to new converts organised by the Hidayah Centre Foundation here today.

Nancy was earlier reported as saying the government was still waiting for feedback from the states before proceeding to amend three acts relating to changing religion and to handle conflicts arising from the changing of religion of children, custody and properties.

The three acts are the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164), Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 (Act 505) and the Islamic Marriage Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 (Act 303).

Meanwhile, Hidayah Centre Foundation chairman Nicholas Sylvester @ Muhammad Abdullah said the foundation was now planning to distribute 1,000 copies of the Quran to new converts throughout Malaysia this year.

“To date we have distributed 200 copies this year and last year the foundation distributed 500 copies of the Quran and other religious materials to new converts,” he said.

Source: Bernama

Published on: March 15th, 2016

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