Muslim Couple Not Bound By Law Reform (Marriage And Divorce) (amendment) Bill 2o17 - Jamil Khir

Last update: 13/08/2017

TASEK GELUGOR, Aug 13 (Bernama) --Muslim married couples are not bound by the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 or Act 164 which was passed by the Parliament last Thursday, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

He said the law would only be applicable for dissolution of marriage involving non-Muslim couples whose marriage was registered at the Civil Court and one of them later converted to Islam.

"Prior to this, when one of the non-Muslim couple convert to Islam, the marriage cannot be dissolved and this can hurt many parties," he told reporters after opening the Tasek Gelugor Wanita UMNO delegates conference here today.

Jamil Khir said the law was only applicable for dissolution of marriage, whereby after the marriage had been dissolved, matters pertaining to the faith and religion of the wife or husband who is a Muslim would come under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.

The bill was tabled to replace the same bill which was tabled in November last year.....