Hallelujah – Omitofu - Om mani padme hum - Aum Namah Śivāya!
Malaysiakini reported that in Penang the Syariah Court allows convert to renounce Islam.
Apart from Penang’s original (very early days) motto of 'Leading we serve' being once again demonstrated to other/lesser Malaysians ;-), the Penang Syariah Court adopted a realistic stand on a case of potential apostasy by allowing a Chinese ‘convert’ to renounce Islam.
In 2004, Tan Ean Huang became Siti Fatimah in order to marry Iranian Ferdoun Ashanian. Hmmm, wouldn’t then she be a Shiite as almost all Iranians are. Would a Shiite be subordinated to a Sunni Syariah court? Just musing ...
Anyway, her husband left her so she filed for renunciation of her faith which she embraced because of marriage.
Judge Othman Ibrahim said he had no choice but to allow Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah (note that mandatory ‘Abdullah’ tag) to revert to being Tan Ean Huang. Tan was and now is again a Buddhist.
The Judge said wisely: "The court has no choice but to declare that Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah is no longer a Muslim as she has never practised the teachings of Islam."
Instead he (correctly if I may remark) rebuked the state Islamic religious council for not counselling and looking after the welfare of new converts.
But in the final analysis, this is kaytee’s take on Tan’s easy exit from Islam.
PAS being in Pakatan Rakyat has been less vocal and aggressive on Islamic issues, which effect flowed on to an UMNO being less defensive about its Islamic credentials, which effect flowed on to the Syariah Court’s more independent-minded compassionate attitude which effect flowed on to a lucky Tan.
It’s all bloody politics, which is why the State and church must always stay separated.