Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Cabinet committee on conversion cases formed

In to days NST on line it is reported that Najib new government is getting serious in solving conversion cases. It has formed a cabinet committee. How will long is will the committee take resolve this issue. Will the committee will be able to have a national policy on conversion or a piece meal decisions. In any case presently conversion car private matters and it is within private individuals. What legal authority has the committee on these people?

Previously the government has swept the conversion case under the carpet. But as these matters had affected many in the country and especially the non-Muslims now the government wants to quick fix on the issue. It is not going to be easy. But the formation of the committee is an acknowledgement that something needs to be done to tackle this thorny issue of conversion.

It would have better if the Najib had formed a select committee to look into this matter thoroughly. A nationwide study is needed to solve this issue of conversion.

The family of Indra Gandhi met lawyers namely YB Sivanesan Sdr. Augustine Anthony and Lalitha. We have agreed to help. My law office is preparing papers to file in court to help Indra Gandhi and her family.

Read what is written in to days NST.

KUALA LUMPUR: It will be quiet a while before a solution is found into the case of the three children who were converted to Islam by their father without their mother's knowledge.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday that strategies had been identified to find a solution to the problem.

"We have identified the issues and discussed them but it will take a while before a solution can be found as it involves several agencies," he said after a meeting with Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (Unity) and Maj-Gen (R) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom (Islamic Affairs).

The trio are members of a committee tasked with finding a solution to the problem.

The three-member committee was set up following a mother's report that her children, aged 1 to 12, were converted to Islam without her knowledge by their father.

The mother, M. Indira Ghandi, 35, had turned to the Hindu Sangam branch in Ipoh after her husband, K. Patmanathan, 40, now Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah, converted the children without their presence and without informing her.

He allegedly used the children's birth certificates to get them converted. The children are said to be in the custody of their father.

Dr Subramaniam said the committee was doing its best to find a quick solution.

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