Last week I posted Muslim converts or Islamic convenience?, seemingly a perennial problem for Indian Malaysians.
There have been two unhappy versions, where …
… one would involve the unpleasant fighting over the body of the deceased because no one’s sure whether he (or she, but usually a ‘he’) had converted to Islam prior to his (or her) death, though each party in the unhappy affair would be 101% certain the dear departed one had been true to the religion shared by the same party, and …
… the other would involve a non-Muslim (again Indian) couple, where in a divorce (announced or otherwise) one becomes a Muslim and set about converting the kids to embrace Islam as well, usually without the permission or even knowledge of the non-Muslim spouse.
I believe the cabinet has come up with a morally correct decision, that the children of such marriage breakups cum split religious affiliation would be brought up in the religion of the parents prior to the marriage breakup.
I am glad that Karpal Singh has given support and praise where it’s due. In such a sensitive situation, especially one involving the Islamic religion, it’s not an easy call where it’s hardly surprising that not everyone would be happy.
But that’s what leadership is about and I applaud Najib’s brave and moral decision because his decision would set him back with the very conservative Muslim community.
As reported by The Malaysian Insider Anwar Ibrahim gave the Pakatan’s backing to a High Court decision which granted interim custody of three children to Indira Gandhi, the non-Muslim mum.
However, unlike Karpal Singh, he fell short of supporting the cabinet decision, in fact criticising them for failing to consult religious and social leaders as well as legal experts.
Quite frankly, kaytee believes that without the cabinet's publicly announced decision, the High Court would have acted 'dunno' again.
PAS Pak Haji Hadi Awang was less accommodating than Anwar Ibrahim. It had to take Anwar to cut him off before he tarred Pakatan Rakyat with green paint.
I also note the subtle but nonetheless different reports by The Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini on Pak Haji Hadi Awang's opposition to the cabinet decision. We know the former is linked with KJ, but what with the latter which appears to euphemise PAS' objection into nothingness, as if Pak Haji didn't object strenuously?
In the meantime, MCA thought it would embarrass Lims Snr and Jnr but was confronted with a furious flaying by Uncle Lim who sneered at MCA vice-president Liow Tiong Lai as ‘a person with a suspect IQ’ for failing to read Lim’s numerous statements in his blog that supported the cabinet decision.
Kaytee wishes that all political parties, inclusive of PAS wakakaka, would not politicize the matter but rather consider the family’s status quo established/contracted in a marriage prior to the breakup as the basis for bringing up the children.
PAS should also consider the possibility that Islam might be exploited as a pretext for a spouse to gain the upper hand in such a marriage breakup. The sacred sanctity of Islam must always be upheld.