KUALA LUMPUR: Pas today urged the government to withdraw the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 (LRA) from being debated in the Dewan Rakyat, citing disagreement with the contents of the bill.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said, the bill should not be debated now as there were contents which were "improper, not in order and contradict the federal law".
"After reviewing the bill, we have found that there are contents that contradict Section 46(2) under Article 303 of the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territory) Act 1984.
"Aside from that, it also contradicts the Ninth Schedule and Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution," he told a press conference at Dewan Rakyat.
Takiyuddin, who is also Kota Baru member of Parliament, said the bill should be allowed to be discussed between Muslim and non-Muslim leaders due to its many flaws.
He said there should be a more in-depth study on the bill and suggested that a tribunal be formed under the Act to mediate any issues on the matter.
"That is our stand on this matter and we urge the government to consider withdrawing this bill because even if it gets approved, it will not solve the problem.
In a separate media conference, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the matter was “complicated" and should be dealt with sensitivity.
He said it was imperative that the rights of both parents, and not just the mother or father, were protected.
"We have to look at the rights of both parents, from the point of love for family and the kids.
"You need compassion, or else you are just breaking apart families," he said.
The LRA was 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 time.
The Dewan Rakyat will proceed with the second and third reading of the bill today and is expected to last until midnight.