Malaysia: Landmark ruling allows Muslim convert to be Christian

Source: Asian Correspondent

A Malaysian Muslim man walks towards a mosque for noon prayers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pic: AP

A HIGH COURT in Malaysia has made a landmark ruling to allow Muslim child converts to chose their religions in adulthood.

The precedence was made yesterday at a court in the state of Sarawak, involving Azmi Mohamad Azam, also known as Roneey, who was allowed to revert back into Christianity after his parents converted him to Islam when he was a child.

Situated on Borneo Island, Sarawak is home to a plethora of indigenous groups, and Azmi, now 39, was originally from a Bidayuh Christian family that converted to Islam when he was eight.

Judge Yew Jen Kie had cited the federal constitution’s charter, which accorded freedom of religion, in allowing Azmi to embrace his beliefs now that he was a grown adult.

With the ruling, the National Registration Department had also been ordered to change Azmi’s name to Rooney Rebit. This means that a detail on his identity card, which also contained the status of his religion, would be changed to “Christian”. Read more

Amnesty denounces ‘shocking’ Malaysian executions

Source: Daily Mail UK

Amnesty International said Malaysian authorities hanged three convicted murderers Friday despite calls for clemency from rights groups that called the executions “shocking and disturbing”, as the country considers scrapping the death penalty.

Malaysian and international organisations including the UN’s human rights body had this week issued appeals for authorities to stay the expected execution of Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu.

However, Amnesty said two brothers, Ramesh Jayakumar and Sasivarnam Jayakumar, also had been hanged Friday. Read more