By Joshua Phua Pei Xing
Conversion Bill will show true colours of parties
There has been much uproar over the recent tabling of the Bill to amend the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Enactment to allow one parent to convert their minor children to Islam, and rightly so.
The tabling of the Bill in Parliament has brought about much uproar from both sides of the political divide, with even BN component parties being divided over the tabling of the conversion Bill.
This is because the tabling of the amendment in the Federal Territories Islamic law related to child conversion impinges on the rights of non-Muslims.
BN's second-strongest component party, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) has even voiced out against the move. This shows that although MCA no longer has government posts, the party is still continuing to champion the rights of all Malaysians, especially the non-Muslims.
Though MCA performed rather dismally in the 13th general election and accepted no government posts, they are still exercising their powers through the BN mechanism.
This goes to show that the picture painted by DAP that MCA does not dare to stand up to Umno, is a fallacy.
MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu's statement that "The tabling of the Bill is tantamount to introducing the laws by stealth, and it's a terrible disservice to the much talked-about national reconciliation," might draw flak from those tabling the Bill but MCA has to object to the conversion Bill because it is the right thing to do.
The party's seven members of Parliament will also vote against the Bill but will it be enough to stop the Bill from being voted in?
PAS of Pakatan Rakyat has 21 votes in Parliament and will the non-Muslims dare to count on them to vote against the conversion Bill? Only time will tell.