Aspirasi wants to replace “father” with “parent” in the Federal Constitution


Lina Soo

KUCHING (August 11): The Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) has joined calls for the word “father” in the Federal Constitution to be replaced with “parent”.

Aspirasi chairwoman Lina Soo said the party supports the Sarawak Women for Women Society (SWWS) call for a word change to end gender discrimination and uphold gender equality.

She called the Court of Appeal’s decision that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers cannot automatically receive Malaysian citizenship discrimination against women at the highest level and, worse, discrimination against women. against children born to Malaysian mothers.

“It’s extremely unfair to children who are looking for a place where they can call home and belong in their mother’s birthplace.

“Our Federal Constitution guarantees equality and justice for Malaysian men and women. Denying Malaysian women the same rights granted to Malaysian men to automatically pass their citizenship to their children born abroad is illogical, pervasive and degrading to the rights and dignity of Malaysian mothers,” she said in a statement today.

According to Soo, all that is needed is a legislative amendment in Parliament to replace the word “father” with “parent” to regularize and bring into conformity Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution, which stipulates that there will be no discrimination in Malaysia. sex-based law.

“Malaysian law must be consistent, with no room for ambiguity and irregularity,” she added.


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