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Another Case of Religion Uniting Families May 4, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, Religion, Thoughts.
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From the Star, last Wednesday, on the case of Raimah Bibi and her husband M. Marimuthu:

The husband, M. Marimuthu, 44, in his notice of motion, said JAIS (Jemaah Agama Islam Selangor) had forcibly taken his wife, Raimah Bibi A/P Noordin, and their five children, aged from five to twelve; from their home in Kampung Baru Tambahan, Ulu Yam Lama in Hulu Selangor on the morning of April 2.

He added the officers did not give the family any reason why the wife and children were being detained.

He also said the officers did not serve any detention order to his wife or children.

Marimuthu further claimed the officers threatened to arrest him and charge him with khalwat (close proximity) if he attempted to stop them.

LKS blogs the result today, and the Sun ran an article on it too:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s Islamic authorities gave a Hindu man married to a Muslim woman custody of their children Thursday, in a landmark decision for minority rights, after the couple were forcibly separated because they follow different religions.
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At the hearing Tuesday, Raimah Bibi, 39, broke down and sobbed openly when the judge asked her if she will give up custody of their seven children, who are aged between four and 14.

“Yes, I agree to surrender my children to Marimuthu,” she said, wiping her tears with the ends of her headscarf.

Marimuthu had filed an application demanding that the Islamic Affairs Department bring his wife and children to court. The department has indicated the couple cannot live together because Marimuthu did not convert to Islam as required by law for their marriage to be legal.

Karpal Singh, who represented them, says that “Raimah Bibi gave up the children as a compromise to end the family’s predicament”.

She probably didn’t want to end up in the same state as Revathi Masoosai/Siti Fatimah, who has been separated from her baby and family for four months now to undergo religious “rehabilitation”.

Meanwhile, MIC is busy gloating over its victory in Ijok, while Pak Lah and BN wonder if there may “possibly” be things we are not happy about, and the new King says that (the key word being says) “To co-exist requires us to understand, respect and be tolerant with one another.”

[Update]
You can also read NST’s sanitized version here. [cached link included just in case]

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