PETALING JAYA: The women, family and community development ministry says it is open to suggestions from all groups, including NGOs, without confirming or denying that Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a “strategic partner”.
In a written reply, its minister Nancy Shukri said it would review and implement any proposal to improve its services to the people.
“As long as it does not contravene the Federal Constitution or go against the law, as well as Malaysian values.”
Nancy was replying to a question from Siti Zailah Yusoff (PN-Rantau Panjang) who wanted to know whether the ministry still considered the women’s rights NGO a strategic partner or consulted it for its views, given SIS’s “problematic” status.
SIS is currently trying to quash a 2014 fatwa issued by the Selangor religious authorities.
The Selangor Islamic religious council had nine years ago decreed that SIS subscribed to liberalism and religious pluralism and that this deviated from the teachings of Islam.
In March, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by SIS following the High Court’s refusal to quash the fatwa.
SIS is now appealing its case in the Federal Court.