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07/02/2020 – FRIDAY

Bekas hakim bingung mengapa polis tak tangkap bekas suami Indira

7 Feb 2020, 10:55 malam (Dikemaskini 7 Feb 2020, 11:15 malam)Annabelle Lee  |  Berita

Seorang bekas hakim menggesa polis mematuhi perintah Mahkamah Persekutuan dengan menahan Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, bekas suami M Indira Gandhi.
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07/02/2020 – friday

Stop politicising issue of Indira’s ‘missing’ daughter, says IGP

Adam Abu Bakar -February 7, 2020 12:57 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has called on all parties to stop politicising the issue regarding Indira Gandhi’s “missing” daughter.

Hamid said what is important is that he is working towards finding a solution for Indira, whose former husband kidnapped their daughter, Prasana Diksa, in 2009.
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21/8/2019 – WEDNESDAY

Indira Gandhi to hit the road and share her story

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21/8/2019 – WEDNESDAY

Indira Gandhi goes on roadshow to seek help locating daughter abducted by convert father

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13/8/2019 – TUESDAY

சுல்தான் மீண்டும் பரீசிலிக்கிறார்!

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13/8/2019 – TUESDAY

சமுதாயத்தில் குழப்பத்தை விளைவிக்கும்

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12/8/2019 – MONDAY

ஒருதலைப்பட்ச மதமாற்ற சட்டவரைவு: சிலாங்கூர் சுல்தான் மறு ஆய்வு செய்கிறார்

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10/08/2019 – SATURDAY
ஒருதலைப்பட்ச மதமாற்றத்தை எதிர்ப்பதில் எக்ஸ்கோ தீவிரம்

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31/7/2019 – wednesday

ஐஜிபி: இந்திரா காந்தி மகளைத் தேடும் முயற்சியை ‘இரட்டிப்பாக்கியுள்ளோம்’

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30/7/2019 – TUESDAY

இந்திரா காந்தி கணவருக்கு ஜாகிர் நாயக் ஆதரவாளர்கள் பாதுகாப்பா? நிரூபியுங்கள் – சம்ரி வினோத் தற்காக்கிறார்

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29/7/2019 – MONDAY

Zamri vinoth and indira gandhi child abduction case. Evidence of the involvement.

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25/4/19

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2019/01/27/kami-dibiarkan-tergantung-kata-indira-setahun-selepas-menang-di-mahkamah/

Posted by Myinfo Zon on Thursday, April 25, 2019

19/4/19

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பிரசன்னாவை மீட்க நாளை தொடர் நடவடிக்கைகள்! – இங்ஙாட் அதிரடி
Aegan ஏப்ரல் 18, 2019660

கோலாலம்பூர், ஏப்ரல் 18-

திருமதி இந்திரா காந்தியின் கடைசி மகள் பிரன்னா டீக்‌ஷாவை மீட்க நாளை பல அதிரடி நடவடிக்கைகளை மேற்கொள்ளவுள்ளதாக என இந்திரா காந்தி விவகார சிறப்பு பணிக் குழுவின் (இங்ஙாட்) தலைவர் அருண் துரைசாமி தெரிவித்தார்.

இந்திரா காந்தியின் கடைசி மகள் பிரசன்னா டீக்‌ஷாவை அவரின் பரமரிப்பில் வளர்க்க நீதிமன்றம் உத்தரவிட்ட போதிலும் முன்னாள் கணவர் முகமட் ரிடுவான் (பத்மநாபன்) குழந்தையை வழங்க இது நாள் வரை முன் வர வில்லை.

பிரசன்னாவை கண்டுப்பிடித்து தாயரிடம் ஒப்படைக்க வேண்டும் என நீதிமன்ற தரப்பு காவல் துறையிடம் உத்தரவிட்ட பின்பும் அவரையும் முகமட் ரிடுவானையும் இது நாள் வரை கண்டு பிடிக்க முடியவில்லை. இதனால் இவ்விருவரும் மலேசியாவில் தான் வசிக்கின்றனரா என சந்தேகம் எழுகின்றது. இந்நிலையில் பிரசன்னாவின் பாதுகாப்பும் கேள்வி குறியாக உள்ளது.

நீதிமன்ற உத்திரவு கிடைத்த பின்பும் தனது மகளை காணமல் தவிக்கும் இந்திரா காந்திக்கு உதவவே இந்த இங்ஙாட் குழு தோற்றுவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இக்குழுவின் வழி நாங்களும் பிரசன்னாவை மீட்க பல நடவடிக்கைகளை முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம்.

அவ்வகையில் இவ்விவகாரத்தை தீர்ப்பதில் ஒரு சில தரப்பினர் மெத்தன போக்கை காட்டி வருவதையும் நாங்கள் அறிந்தோம். எனவே இவ்விவகாரத்தை நேரடியாக சட்டத்துறை துணையமைச்சரின் பார்வைக்கும் அண்மையில் கொண்டு சென்றோம்.

இந்நிலையில் பிரசன்னாவை கண்டுப்பிடிக்க நடவடிக்கைகள் இன்னும் துரிதமாக செயல்ப்படுத்த நாளை இங்ஙாட்பல் தரப்புகளை சந்திக்கவுள்ளது. அதில் முதல் அங்கமாக அச்சிறுமியை கண்டுபிடிக்க காவல் துறையினரை சந்திக்கவுள்ளோம். நாளை காலை 11.00 மணியளவில் புக்கிட் ஆமான் காவல் தலைமையகத்தில் காவல் படை தலைவரை சந்தித்து இவ்விவகாரம் தொடர்பில் விவாதிக்கவுள்ளோம்.

குறிப்பாக பிரசன்னா டிக்‌ஷாவை கண்டு பிடிக்க காவல் துறை சிறப்பு நடவடிக்கை குழுவை அமைத்து செயல்ப்பட வலியுறுத்துவோம் என அருண் குறிப்பிட்டார். அதனையடுத்து நண்பகல் 12.30 மணியளவில் சுஹாகாம் எனப்படும் மனித உரிமை ஆணையத்தின் துணை ஆணையரையும் சந்திக்கவுள்ளோம்.

இச்சந்திப்பின் பொழுது பிரசன்னா டிக்‌ஷா விவகாரத்தில் இதுவரை மெத்தன போக்கை காட்டி வந்த தரப்பினர் மீது புகார் அளிக்கக்கூடிய மகஜரை ஆணயத்திடம் வழங்கவுள்ளோம். இந்த மகஜரை இங்ஙாட் அமைப்புடன் இந்திராகாந்தியும் இணைந்து ஆணையரிடம் வழங்குவார். இவ்விவகாரத்தில் மெத்தன போக்கை காட்டி வரும் தரப்பினரின் மீது உரிய சட்ட நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படவே மகஜர் வழங்கப்படுகின்றது.

தொடர்ந்து மாலை 3 மணியளவில் தேசிய பதிவிலாவினருடனும் இங்ஙாட் சந்திப்பு நடத்தவுள்ளது. சுமார் 10 ஆண்டுகளாக பிரசன்னா குறித்து எந்தவொறு தகவலும் கிடைக்கவில்லை. பதிவிலாகவில் வழக்கிற்கு முன்னதாக பதிவு செய்யப்பட்ட தகவலை தவிர்த்து இது நாள் வரை அவர் குறித்த எந்தவொறு தகவலும் ஆவணமும் கிடையாது.

பதிவிலாகா ஆவணம் ஏதும் பெறாமல் அச்சிறுமி இன்னும் இந்த நாட்டில் தான் வசிக்கிறாரா? என்ற கேள்வி முதன்மை கொள்கின்றது. மேலும் அவர் உயிருடன் இருகிறாரா என்ற சந்தேகம் எங்களுக்கு எழுகின்றது. எனவே இவ்விவகாரம் தொடர்பில் பதிவிலாகா உரிய நடவடிக்கைகளை உடனடியாக மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டும் என வலியுறுத்தவே இச்சந்திப்பை நடத்துகின்றோம் எனவும் அருண் விவரித்தார்.

பிரசன்னாவை தனது தாயார் இந்திராகாந்தியின் பராமரிப்பில் வளர்க்க நீதிமன்றம் உத்திரவு பிரப்பித்த போதிலும் அதனை ஏற்க மறுத்த அவரின் முன்னாள் கணவர் முகமட் ரிடுவான் சட்டத்தின் முன் மிகப் பெரிய குற்றவாளியாகத் தான் கருதப்பட வேண்டும்.

ஆயினும் ஒரு தனி நபரை சுமார் 10 ஆண்டுகளாக கண்டுப் பிடிக்க முடியவில்லை என்பதை துளியளவும் ஏற்க முடியாது. எனவே பிரசன்னாவை கண்டு பிடித்து தாயாரிடம் ஒப்படைப்பது மட்டுமின்றி முகமட் ரிடுவானை சட்டத்தின் முன் நிறுத்தும் வரை இங்ஙாட்டின் போராட்டம் ஓயாது என அருண் அறைகூவல் விடுத்தார்.

15/3/19

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Indira Gandhi: Dear Harapan gov't, IGP, is my daughter alive?Published: 17 Nov 2018, 5:45 pm M Indira Gandhi has…

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18/08/2018


http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/08/16/i-was-put-on-ice-after-indira-verdict-says-judge/

I was put in cold storage after Indira verdict, says judge

V Anbalagan | August 16, 2018

Hamid Sultan Abu Backer says a top judge scolded him for his dissenting judgment in a conversion case and that subsequently he was not assigned to hear cases related to the constitution. KUALA LUMPUR: A Court of Appeal judge today revealed at an international law conference that he was reprimanded by a top judge for delivering a dissenting judgment in a widely followed unilateral conversion case two years ago. Hamid Sultan Abu Backer said after that case, he was not assigned to hear cases related to the Federal Constitution and public interest matters. “Immediately after the judgment was released to the public, a top judge called up the entire Coram and severely reprimanded me, alleging, inter alia, judicial activism, and not only that, he started throwing tantrums at me in an uncivilised manner,” he said. However, he did not reveal the identity of the judge. Hamid was one of the speakers on the topic of “Judiciary as the Principal Guardian of the Rule of Law” at the conference held at a hotel here. The judge delivered a dissenting judgment in upholding the ruling of a High Court in Ipoh where kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi had sought to nullify the conversion certificates of her three minor children. Early this year, a five-member Federal Court bench affirmed Hamid’s finding and allowed Indira’s appeal. The bench ruled that the permission of a non-Muslim spouse is needed when the other spouse who embraces Islam wants to convert their minor children. Hamid said: “I personally thought that the judgment was my greatest gift to the Malaysian public in terms of the jurisprudence related to constitutional law, oath of office and the role of the four pillars of the Federal Constitution.” Hamid said he stood his ground and responded to the judge that he did not have to defend his judgment and would not be cowed to act against his oath of office. “This incident created a long-term strained relationship with that judge and many more,” he added. Hamid said he took a strong view that without a judiciary committed to judicial dynamism, the rule of law would be meaningless and corruption as well as kleptocracy could not be arrested. He said cosmetic changes to the judiciary might not be a constitutional solution to a judiciary which was perceived to have demonstrated judicial interference as well as judicial rowdyism. “On the face of such perceived allegations it will be prudent for the Bar Council to move a resolution for the setting up of a royal commission to once and for all address these negative perceptions that have afflicted the judiciary,” he said. Retired judge Gopal Sri Ram said judges were not lawmakers in the real sense but merely interpreted the law. “But that interpretation has legal consequences and that is lawmaking,” he said. He said there were some current judges who delivered forward looking judgments while others were regressive. Sri Ram said those who were competent and had integrity should be appointed judges or else the results would be disastrous.


30/3/18

01/02/2018

Ulama mohon Agong tangani keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan – Portal Islam dan Melayu | ISMAWeb

Polis diminta tidak buru Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah dan tiga anak BANGI, 14 Jamadilawal 1439H, Rabu – Persatuan Ulama Malaysia (PUM) memohon pekenan Yang Dipertuan Agong untuk memberi nasihat, terutama apabila membabitkan status pengislaman seseorang. Menghormati keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan dalam kes M Indira Gandhi melawan Pengarah …


Ulama Mohon Agong Tangani Keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan

Polis Diminta Tidak Buru Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah Dan Tiga Anak

BANGI, 14 Jamadilawal 1439H, Rabu – Persatuan Ulama Malaysia (PUM) memohon pekenan Yang Dipertuan Agong untuk memberi nasihat, terutama apabila membabitkan status pengislaman seseorang.

Menghormati keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan dalam kes M Indira Gandhi melawan Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Perak, PUM juga meminta jasa baik pihak polis supaya tidak memburu bapa dan tiga anaknya yang terbabit dalam kes berkenaan, sehingga satu penyelesaian bersama dapat dicapai.

Isnin lalu, Mahkamah Persekutuan, memutuskan penukaran agama tiga anak Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah kepada Islam adalah terbatal dan tidak sah di sisi undang-undang kerana tidak mendapat persetujuan ibunya, M Indira Gandhi.

Ketika mereka diislamkan pada 2009, kanak-kanak berkenaan itu masing-masing berusia 12 tahun, 11 tahun dan 11 bulan.

Yang Dipertua PUM, Datuk Syeikh Abdul Halim Abdul Kadir dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata, dalam menangani isu ini yang agak sensitif dalam kalangan penganut agama, PUM memohon perkenan Yang Dipertuan Agong untuk memberikan nasihat, terutama apabila ia melibatkan status pengislaman seseorang.

“Pastinya kita tidak boleh membiarkan anak-anak tersebut yang telah Islam untuk dikembalikan kepada agama ibunya yang bukan Islam.

“Oleh itu, PUM meminta jasa baik pihak Polis supaya tidak memburu bapa tersebut dan anak-anaknya, sehingga satu penyelesaian bersama dapat dicapai,” katanya.
Beliau berkata, PUM bimbang sekiranya ia dilakukan, ada kemungkinan akan berlaku konflik antara penganut agama di negara ini sehingga mungkin berlakunya keganasan dalam masyarakat.

“Kepimpinan negara juga perlu membuat satu tindakan segera bagi mengawal perkara ini agar tidak dijadikan penyebab kepada tindakan-tindakan provokatif di dalam negara,” katanya.

Semalam, Timbalan Presiden Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), Haji Aminuddin Yahaya berkata, keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan itu bukan saja mencabar umat Islam, malah ia mencabar kedudukan dan kuasa Majlis Raja-Raja yang bertangunggjawab kepada agama Islam dan pengikutnya.


31/01/2018

We are Hindu, Indira’s children declare confidently after Muslim conversion quashed

Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/we-are-hindu-indiras-children-declare-confidently-after-muslim-conversion

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 ― M. Indira Gandhi’s two elder children can now proudly declare their Hindu identity, after the Federal Court yesterday nullified their conversion to Islam that was done without their Hindu mother’s consent.

Tevi Darsiny, the eldest child now aged 20, said she felt “overwhelmed” when she heard about the Federal Court ruling voiding her conversion by her Muslim convert father, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.

“When my mom called me this morning to tell me about the decision, I started crying with her. After all these years, we finally got justice to what has been done to us.

“For the past nine years, people (friends and acquaintances) ask us what are we, as in what religion are we? And my answer would be ‘I’m a Hindu’, with confidence. After today, I can say it with assurance that ‘I am a Hindu’,” she told Malay Mail in a written response yesterday.

Karan Dinish, the second child now aged 19, said he was left “speechless” after hearing about the decision from his aunt who called him as soon as everyone was out of the courtroom.

“I will be more confident of my identity and I think I wouldn’t have to be afraid of people asking me whether I’m a Muslim or an Indian,” he said.

On April 2, 2009, K. Pathmanathan, or Muhammad Riduan Abdullah as he is now known, had covertly converted his three children to Islam without their knowledge and without Indira’s consent, before going to the Shariah court just a few days later to obtain custody rights for them. The Shariah court only has jurisdiction over Muslims.

Indira had in May 2016 told Malay Mail however that both her elder children have been practising Hindus since birth, with their identity cards still carrying the names they were born with and stating their religious status as Hindu. While confirming to Malay Mail then that they had been spared from going to Islamic classes in school, she had then said it was unjust for them to spend “miserable years” with uncertainty over their official religious status.

The youngest child, Prasana Diksa, was abducted by Muhammad Riduan as an 11-month-old nine years ago and was last seen in a photo wearing what appears to be a “tudung”, or headscarf usually worn by Muslim women.

The Federal Court yesterday unanimously declared that it was unlawful to convert children to Islam without the consent of both parents.

The lost years, a family apart

Tevi and Karan were first thrust into the limelight as children because of the court battles over their custody and their religious status, which lasted throughout their teenage years until now.

“We try to be as discreet as we can, but we can’t have all that we want, right?” Tevi asked.

For Karan, the publicity of their family’s case was necessary to ensure no other Malaysians would suffer the same ordeal that they went through.

“People have to know about this issue. There shouldn’t be another problem popping out similar to our family case…So it’s not about losing privacy, it’s about opening the eyes of Malaysians on issues like this,” he said.

As their mother Indira trudged through the courts for years just to have her children recognised as Hindus, Tevi and Karan had slowly reached and surpassed the age of 18 ― the age of majority in Malaysia where one can decide their own religion.

Tevi, who will be turning 21 in May, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Decision Science) degree in Universiti Utara Malaysia. Karan, who will be 20 this October, is now studying for his A-Levels in Brickfields Asia College and hopes to pursue a law degree.

Torn apart forcibly from their youngest sibling who will be turning 10 this year, Tevi and Karan are still unhappy with Muhammad Riduan’s actions.

“I have always been disappointed with my father that he would want us to go through this and that has never changed,” Tevi said.

Karan said he was “extremely frustrated” with his father’s “irresponsible attitude”, adding: “If he wanted to convert, it wouldn’t have been an issue, why did he have to convert us as well?”

Our sister Prasana

Prasana Diksa, who was born on April 8 and has spent all her birthdays away from her mother and elder siblings, remains with her father.

Tevi said the last time they saw Prasana was when the latter was just one and a half years old, when the judge had ordered all the children to be present in court for a custody case then.

“She had little memory of us then, I guess, because she kept coming to where we sat and showed us her scribble on papers. That was the last we had contact with her as well,” she said.

“A few years later, we saw a photo of her and my father sent by his lawyers.

“After everyone saw the picture, they said she looks like me, but we have yet to confirm it. And I don’t think I would recognise her now. I can only still picture her as the baby I looked after,” she added.

Karan said the last he spoke to Prasana was nine years ago, adding: “I hope she looks like my sister. Hahaha when Prasana was young, she looked alike my sister Tevi. I’m not sure whether I can recognise her or not as 9 years have passed.”

Both Tevi and Karan remain focused like their mother on the hope of eventually being reunited with Prasana.

“Today has been a very blessed day and for that, I thank all who have given their all to fight for the cause. But as much as peace we now can have, my sister, Prasana Diksa, is not with us yet still. So till then we still have a fight to be fought,” Tevi said.

Karan added: “As everyone knows, the whereabouts of my sister and father is still a big mystery. As long as my sister isn’t back to my mom, the fight will go on!”

Following yesterday’s court ruling, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told Malay Mail that he will instruct the police force to track down both Muhammad Riduan and Prasana. He later said that the police have been trying to locate Muhammad Riduan since 2014 but were unable to make any progress on his whereabouts.


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Charles Santiago defends remarks on Waythamoorthy

FMT Reporters | September 10, 2017

Klang MP says however that he meant no disrespect to the Hindraf leader.

Charles-Santiago-Waythamoorthy

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang MP Charles Santiago says he stands by the remarks he made about Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy in a recent article, but stresses that he meant no disrespect to the leader by what he wrote. Santiago was referring to his remark that Waythamoorthy had not endeared himself to the Indian community when he signed a memorandum of understanding with Barisan Nasional (BN), a move that led to him being appointed a deputy minister in the prime minister’s department in 2013. In his response to Waythamoorthy’s Facebook posting that he apologise for writing the article or face a lawsuit, Santigao said he did not mean any disrespect to Hindraf and had, in his article, acknowledged that they were a force to be reckoned with in 2007. “But it is also fair to say all that changed in 2013 and I was echoing the sentiments of many Indians who publicly said they felt betrayed by Waythamoorthy for joining Prime Minister Najib Razak’s cabinet. Many were outraged and called him a traitor. “Secondly, it must be noted that Waythamoorthy challenged me to prove my popularity by turning up in 20 plantations. For someone who claims to lend a voice to voiceless Indians, Waythamoorthy doesn’t seem to know that 89% of Indians are not in plantations anymore. “For someone who accuses me of being an elite and portrays himself as the champion of poor Indians, Waythamoorthy seems naive as he does not even know his constituency,” Santiago said in a statement. In his Facebook post, Waythamoorthy said he had instructed his lawyer to issue Santiago with a letter of demand, offering the MP the opportunity to publicly apologise for the “personal remarks and attacks” made against him. He said that if Santiago refused to apologise, he would take him to court. In Santiago’s article, the MP also said he did not agree with Hindraf’s alleged stance that only an Indian-dominated outfit could look after the interests of Indians in Malaysia. “While I do agree that the Indian representation is lacking in the federal opposition, the responsibility of addressing the aspirations of the Indians remains with all parties,” he said. “In fact, it’s the onus of every political party in the country to address the needs of the poor, marginalised and disenfranchised,” he added.


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Ini saje kami mampu. Tolong jgn complain

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Ini saje kami mampu. Tolong jgn complain

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http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/08/13/unilateral-conversions-cabinet-not-jantan-enough/

By Murugesan Sinnandavar

Parliament passed into law the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Act 2017 early Friday at 12.50am without the crucial Section 88A(1).

It’s a sad story of broken promises and a missed opportunity.

The cabinet had long promised the inclusion of Section 88A(1) which would have provided that in the event of a parent converting to Islam, the religion of the children would remain the same unless both parents agree to the conversion of their children.

Section 88A(1) provided what seems to be the only logical, fair and common sense thing to do. However, the government didn’t have the political guts to do what they know in their heart of hearts to be fair.

In Indira Gandhi’s case, her former husband, K Pathmanathan, converted to Islam and left the house three weeks later with their youngest child. He later converted all three of their children to Islam without their knowledge and presence, and without Indira’s consent.

He went to the shariah court to obtain custody of the children.

Indira has been unsuccessful thus far in getting justice from the civil courts. The Federal Court in its earlier decision in Subashini’s case interpreted “parent” in Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution to mean a single parent.

It means that either the husband or wife has the right to convert a child of the marriage to Islam without the consent of the other.

Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution provides: “… the religion of a person under the age of eighteen years shall be decided by his parent or guardian.”

Thus, the proposed Section 88A(1) in the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 (now Act, 2017) is to correct this injustice and conflict.

I was perplexed when I read the reported reason given by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said for the removal of Section 88A(1).

She was quoted as saying, “It is also in line with the principle of stare decisis (Latin for “to stand by things decided”) doctrine where there are binding court decisions on the interpretation of Clause (4) Article 12 (of the Constitution).”

With all due respect, any first-year law student will tell you that the doctrine of stare decisis is only applicable to the courts, namely, the lower courts are bound by the decisions of the higher courts.

A court decision does not and cannot prevent parliament from enacting into law provisions it deems fit, provided procedures, as laid out in the Constitution, are followed.

Parliament is there as the representative of the people. The courts can only interpret laws as passed by parliament. The doctrine of stare decisis does not bind parliament.

Often courts in their decisions have stated that their hands are bound by the words in an Act of parliament and might even suggest parliament enact amendments to correct it. It is bizarre to push this back to the courts now.

Agreed, that the Federal Court might subsequently hold Section 88A(1) to be in conflict with Article 12(4) of the Constitution. However, Federal Court decisions are not cast in stone.

It is not uncommon for Federal Courts to review its earlier decisions or vary their earlier interpretations by using different modes of interpretation, especially in a contentious interpretation such as this.

Why must parliament hide behind the decision of the courts when they are there precisely to pass laws and make amendments when courts have reached a deadlock?

I initially expected Barisan Nasional component leaders, who fought hard to have this Section 88A(1) inserted in the first place, to voice their objections when it was subsequently withdrawn.

However, they took a non-confrontational stand by claiming that the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 without Section  88A(1) was still good enough to address other issues related to the conversion of a spouse.

The loudest critic on the withdrawal of Section  88A(1) has been former law minister Zaid Ibrahim.

In a way it gives me hope in our Malaysia-ness to see a Muslim Malay leader standing up against the grave injustice it would cause to non-Muslims. Special thanks to Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran for arguing the people’s case in Parliament.

The unilateral conversion of a minor is a key issue that needs to be addressed. It should be about correcting an apparent injustice and be beyond toeing the party line. Sadly, it is an opportunity lost.

A minister, as reported in the media, said the Bill was a way forward in resolving issues pertaining to marriages and divorces when one partner converts to Islam.

He was further reported as saying that the said Section 88A(1) did not obtain the agreement of the Attorney-General as it was in conflict with the Federal Constitution, and might not get approval even if it were passed.

My question to the cabinet as a whole is this – isn’t the Attorney-General’s Chambers responsible for drafting Bills for the government in the first place? Didn’t the Attorney-General warn of this “conflict” when the cabinet first announced Section 88A(1)?

Why the last minute withdrawal and this justification for it?

It is really sad and frustrating when our government succumbs to political pressure and fails to correct a grave injustice that they know exists.

With the passing of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Act 2017 without Section 88A(1), it surely ends the hope of this injustice being corrected anytime in the near future.

There will be more cases like Indira’s and Subashini’s. We just have to helplessly watch it happen again and again.

There will always be husbands who will use this loop-hole in law for their own ends. The government could have sealed that loop-hole, or at least attempted to do so and taken the high moral ground.

But it didn’t.

Azalina was quoted by FMT as saying that the new law urges those who convert to Islam to face the civil courts if they want to dissolve their marriage.

She was quoted as saying, “They should be jantan (man) to face it.”

Perhaps she should make that call to her cabinet colleagues. Think about it.

Murugesan Sinnandavar is a former MIC secretary-general and practising lawyer.

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