Ramkarpal says waste of time debating unilateral conversion Bill in light of Federal Court ruling

"As such, debating a Bill which proposes a law that is clearly unconstitutional in the Selangor state assembly would serve no purpose, "

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh (pic) says it is misconceived and a waste of time debating the proposed amendment to a state Bill that will allow unilateral conversion of minors despite it being declared unconstitutional by the Federal Court.

The Bukit Gelugor MP said this in response to a statement by lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla that the Bill should be debated in the Selangor state assembly, despite the Federal Court ruling.

“Unless the said ruling is overruled by the Federal Court or overtaken by an amendment to the Federal Constitution itself, state legislation is bound by the same.

“As such, debating a Bill which proposes a law that is clearly unconstitutional in the Selangor state assembly would serve no purpose, ” he said in a statement on Friday (Aug 9).

The ruling was in the case of kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi which saw the unilateral conversion of her three children overturned.

“The ruling is clear, unambiguous and remains the law as it stands in the country today.

“Debating a Bill which proposes a law which is clearly unconstitutional would serve no purpose, ” he said.

Ramkarpal said that furthermore, passing such a law in Selangor will cause unnecessary uncertainty.

“The Federal Court ruling is final as it stands and should be respected, ” he said.

 

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