Malaysiakini reports today that the friends of the recently deceased, Lawrence Selvananthan, alleged by the Negri Sembilan Islamic religious authorities to have converted to Islam 3 days before he died, decided to take matters in their own hands.
Aware that there was this legal tussle between the family of the deceased and the religious authorities as to whether Lawrence be buried according to Islamic or Catholic rites, they took his body to Segamat, had the remains cremated, and the ashes buried.
And, so it seems, all hell has broken loose.
Frankly, I don’t blame the friends of Lawrence.
Since the Everest Climber case, in 2005, culminating in the dismissal by the Federal Court of the application for leave to appeal at the instance of the widow, it has become evident that there is no judge in our civil courts, from the lowest rung to the highest court, that has the courage to abide by their oath of office.
When the citizenry lose confidence in the institutions that were set up to protect them, they will take the law into their own hands.