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MCCBCHST Media Statement - 13.06.2013

MCCBCHST Media Statement - 13.06.2013

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Media Statement

- 13 June 2013

MCCBCHST asks the government of Malaysia: Who is going to take Responsibility and right the wrong?
MCCBCHST wishes to highlight for the attention of all justice-loving Malaysians, whatever their religion, the following scenario that has happened all too often... and yet another example is in the news again.

A husband walks out of the family home; no news of him for 16 months...then he converts to
lslam and subsequently takes his underage children to the Negeri Sembilan lslamic authorities to get them converted to lslam. He claims negative issues regarding his non-Muslim spouse, with no evidence provided, nor documents giving him the authority to act on her behalf.
Regardless, the Officer at the Jabatan Agama lslam proceeds to convert the underage children to lslam, without the consent of their lawful mother. When their mother goes to the kindergarten to pick up her son Nitran, she discovers that he has been taken away by the man who is still her husband. She goes to Pusat Dakwah lslamiah Negeri Sembilan in Paroi and to her horror, learns from a senior officer that Nitran 5 and Sharmila 8 had been converted to lslam without the consent of their lawful mother, and purely at the request of one parent who was a recent convert to lslam, and who is still in a civil marriage with her, a non-Muslim.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) is appalled that despite the Cabinet decision that "A single parent cannot convert his or her children" in the Sun, 24 April 2009). Nitran and Sharmila, aged 5 and 8, are now Muslims - but in the custody of their non-Muslim mother.
MCCBCHST demands answers from those with authority in Malaysia regarding the following:-

1.

Was the Cabinet decision in April 2009 a flash in the pan to pacify non Muslim
Malaysians because of the numerous cases of such gros$ injustice?

2.

Does this Cabinet decision bear any weight at all or do civil servants do as they wish - and would other civil servants be enabled to do likewise with directives from the Prime Minister and his Cabinet?

Mohan Shan. President MCCBCHST \ ty President MCCBCHST Venerable Sing Kan Vice President MCCBCHST Reverend Dr. JMW. had left the country. Bhg. Prematilaka KD. T homas Philips Vice President MCCBCHST #M Y. Can and will the conversion of the children be reversed as it was premised on untruths? lf the case goes to court. and will the lslamic authorities abide by the law? 7.converted parent? 4. Will the non Muslim parent get justice? The Federal Court had the occasion in the recent past to settle this matter in Shamala's case. Vice President MCCBCHST PMW.3" ls it not mandatory or at least pragmatic and fair for the Officer converting underage children to verify custody and other issues from their newly. BKM. 5. Secretary General MCCBCHST . was the Government thinking of the best interests of the children? 8. AMK. ln making this decision. PJK Mr. will the Civil Courts abdicate their misinterpretation of article'l 21A responsibility on a 6. will the police ensure the enforcement of the decision. Even if the Civil Court has the courage to maintain the rights of a non-Muslim spouse and the children in her custody in a civil marriage. \ \ # Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow. Serisena Hon. Datuk RS.

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