Thursday, January 03, 2008

Malaysia, Land Of Miraculous 'Instant' Conversions. Now Christian Sues Islamic Authorities Over Dead Wife's Faith

The Christian husband of a dead Malaysian woman sought to stop Islamic authorities Thursday from giving her a Muslim funeral amid a dispute over whether she converted to Islam before her death.

The case is the latest in a series of legal conflicts that have alarmed Malaysia's non-Muslim minorities, who have voiced growing fears that the Constitution and courts fail to sufficiently safeguard their religious rights.

Wong Sau Lan, 54, died in a Kuala Lumpur hospital Dec. 30. Her husband, Ngiam Tee Kong, received notice from the Federal Territory Islamic Council the next day stating that his wife had converted to Islam on Dec. 24, said Ngiam's lawyer, Karpal Singh.

When Ngiam later tried to claim her body from the hospital morgue, he was told it would have to be buried by the Islamic Council according to Muslim rites, Karpal said.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court was scheduled to hear Ngiam's petition later Thursday for a temporary order to prevent the Islamic Council from taking possession of his wife's body.

The order would enable the court to hold hearings to determine what should be done. Ngiam claims Wong remained a Christian at her death and that any conversion was legally invalid.

"There was no lawful conversion," Karpal said.

Other details of the case, including how the alleged conversion occurred, were not immediately clear. Islamic Council and hospital officials familiar with the case could not immediately be contacted.

Ethnic Malay Muslims make up about 60 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people, while most of the rest are Buddhists, Hindus or Christians from ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.

Decades-long multiracial harmony has come into question in recent years amid concerns among minorities that their religions are getting second-class treatment by the Muslim majority, especially in court cases involving non-Muslim religious rights.

The case of Ngiam's wife bears similarities to several other disputes since 2005 involving the burial of people whom Muslim authorities claimed had converted to Islam.

A national debate erupted when Maniam Moorthy, a former Hindu, was buried as a Muslim in December 2005 after an Islamic court ruled he had converted before his death. Moorthy never told his family of the conversion, and his widow failed to convince the civil court to give her custody of the body. (International Herald Tribune)

***** Here we go round the mulberry bush. Converted to Islam without the knowledge of her husband, six days before her death! Strange. Another 'instant' miraculous conversion of one who has seen the light? Anything is possible in Bolehland.
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From Christian Today, Australia - Conversion legal battle begins in Malaysia again.

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Blogger CP Waterman said...

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5:22 PM GMT+8  
Blogger CP Waterman said...

The 1st question I would like to ask is before her death did she make it very clear to her immediate family of her conversion of faith to Islam?

If so,the 2nd question is was she in a sound state of mind to make that conversion?

If so, you have a dead muslim and everyone should respect her to be buried the Islamic way.
If she was soundly converted to Islamic faith, no amount of Christian funeral service & prayer & burial will bring her back to Christian faith.

Matthew 10:32-33
32 Jesus said “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.
33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

However,if her conversion was not clear & her mind was not in a condition, then we have another classic case of BULLYING just like the exclusive claim of the Arabic word for God 'ALLAH'!

5:25 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any family members or hospital staff as witnesses? Did it just take her to whisper 2 words "Saya setuju" to embrace islam? Did she fully understood what she was doing on her deathbed?

6:03 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite the long history of death-bed conversions (Emperor Justinian was one), anyone considering the idea should have the decency of informing their family members of their decision. Rites are inconsequential when compared to the more serious implications for the loved ones left behind e.g. insurance, pension and inheritance. Sensibly,the choice of rites have less bearing on where we will head in the afterlife rather how we discharged our responsibilities whilst alive.


6:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

The Islamic Council could not be immediately contacted! Here we go again!
This is not the first time this has happened (& guess what? It won't be the last either!). If I am not mistaken, the last case had "questionable" Certificates (read: forged certificates).
This can only happen in Malaysia!
Religious & Racial Tolerance. Ya Right! Bah...humbug!

6:46 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, if you are a Non-Muslim Malaysian, be warned, please check your My Card details. There have been numerous cases of Non-Muslims having "Islam" as their Religion in their My Cards!

7:06 PM GMT+8  
Blogger sandman said...

It is very interesting that such a preposterous thing can even happen in almost developed (?) Malaysia !

Reminds me or some tribal custom circa 350 BC where the poor villages ( jungle wallahs ) just sit by and let the EVIL witchman do as he pleases !


8:55 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous qwerty said...

Why this fetish with the dead?

Looking at the BIG picture in Bolehland, sends shiver down my spine. Slowly but surely we are heading south & into the sewer of blind fanatism!

Read Syed Akbar Ali's: "Malaysia & the Club of Doom"

The writing is already on the wall...

8:57 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there a conspiracy to deny the heirs of their inheritance? and what if the beneficiaries (you name it) is to demand her share of wealth from her living spouse?

10:04 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Yong Chee keong said...

Any Muslim scholar to enlighten us?
A Muslim's property and the like cannot go to a non-Muslim? But can a non-Muslim's property, etc at his death, go to a Muslim?

10:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I'm quite a cynic with many religious faiths on the subject of death bed conversions. Missionaries of many religions have adopted ( to me ) a cynical tactic of making a "hard sell" to people facing terminal illnesses. People in such situations are often emotionally very vulnerable, fearful, and certainly not having a clear mind.

I'm sorry to say, the evangelical Christians are the among the most guilty of this...this case just happens to involve Islam

4:39 PM GMT+8  

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