Oh boy, the ‘is, too – is not Muslim’ circus is in town again! How, Inter-Faith Panel?

Posted on April 8, 2010


“It was near chaos at the Hindu crematorium at Jalan Templer near here when officers from the state Islamic Affairs Department accompanied by policemen turned up to claim the body of a 49-year-old man who had allegedly converted to Hinduism 20 years ago…

Several religious officers turned up and claimed that the deceased was born Moideen Kutty Mohd Ali and should be buried according to Muslim rites.

The family of the deceased did not dispute this but then produced documents, including his identity card and marriage certificate, stating that he had converted in 1990…

However, they gave in to requests from the religious officers to delay the cremation so they could produce evidence that Raj Kumar was still a Muslim.

Several hours later, the officers did not show any proof…

An officer from the department, Mohamad Zulkarnain Abdullah, said that as far as they were concerned the deceased was still a Muslim.

He said the department would seek an order from the Syariah Court today to declare Raj Kumar a Muslim.” – read the report in full at Staronline.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Family of the deceased relents and defers cremation to enable religious authorities to verify faith of deceased.

Family thinking that authorities are verifying, religious authority runs to Syariah court and gets order declaring deceased a Muslim.

Family runs to civil court.

Civil court bows to order of Syariah Court.

Justice ala 1Malaysia.

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