KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan today offered support for the government to obtain the requisite two-third majority votes to pass the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 (LRA).
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, in a media conference, said the party would give its votes on the condition that the government re-inserted Clause 88A to the bill.
In order to implement the clause, the government will need to amend the Federal Constitution which means that it requires a two-third majority in the Dewan Rakyat, or at least 149 votes from members of Parliament (MP)
Lim said: "DAP can guarantee support of 37 MP to bring the total votes of 186.
"In fact we are confident of support from other Pakatan MPs from PKR, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia - bring total of over 200 votes - provided the 134 Barisan Nasional MPs are also in real support," he said.
Clause 88A states that the religion of the child “shall remain as the religion of the parties to the marriage prior to the conversion”.
The clause also provides that the child can, after turning 18 years old and with the consent of both parents, convert to Islam.
The LRA has been deferred for the second time since it was tabled in November to resolve the issue.
The decision to withdraw the Bill was announced on Monday by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said shortly after question-and-answer session in Parliament.
The Dewan Rakyat will proceed with the second and third reading of the bill today which is expected to last until midnight.