Various groups which have been protesting the controversial Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 can finally heave a sigh of relieve as it was withdrawn from Parliament today.

This bill, along with two other bills that were slated for second reading in Dewan Rakyat this week, was withdrawn after a motion by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

The two other withdrawn bills include the Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013 and Syariah Criminal Procedures (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Bill 2013.

The bill drew opposition from many quarters including MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek who said the government should get feedback from all relevant parties before making any further decision on the Bill.

On June 6, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the cabinet has agreed to retract the bill.

He had said that the issue on the status of a child’s name, in cases where the mother or father of the child converted to Islam, had been discussed at length by the Cabinet taking into consideration the views and concerns of various quarters including Barisan Nasional component parties.

“The cabinet had agreed that the retraction of the bill was necessary to ensure that the issue on the determination of the child’s religion in such cases was resolved in a fair manner for everyone,” he said in a statement, here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the decision to retract the bill was also made in order to give ample time to the government and everyone else to review the bill in a holistic manner.

“The bill will only be tabled again after getting the agreement of all quarters,” he had said.

The Bill was tabled for the first reading in Parliament on June 26.