Federal Court dismisses bid for apostasy applications to be heard in civil court

Desmond Davidson

The Federal Court ruling today means that Salina Jau Abdullah, Jenny Peter, Mohd Syafiq Abdullah @ Tiong Choo Ting and Syarifah Nooraffyzza Wan Hosen, who is an ethnic Malay and Muslim by birth, have to go to the shariah court for their apostasy applications. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 27, 2018.

THE Federal Court, in a unanimous decision today, dismissed the appeals of three Muslim converts and a Muslim by birth to have their applications to apostate be heard in the civil high court.

The apex court ruled that the Sarawak shariah court had jurisdiction to hear their apostasy applications.

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  • If Islam is a religion of peace n that there is no compulsion in Islam, then, why are you all making it so difficult for anyone to come out of the religion? You should make the laws in conformity with what you have professed

    Posted 5 years ago by Peace Maker

  • I always say it's a trap. No matter how they camouflage it as 'no compulsion', the truth is, it's the opposition. A sensible way is to let them go if they don't want ...fast.

    Posted 5 years ago by Alphonz Jayaraman

  • Hotel California!

    You can check out any time you like,
    But you can never leave!'

    Posted 5 years ago by Bob Archie

  • Your Islam is fucking you up Malaysia. Wake up!

    Posted 5 years ago by Love and Peace

  • rrespective of whether the Sarawak Syariah Court can hear the apostasy cases, the appellants are still entitled to their constitutional rights of freedom of religion and equality under the law as guaranteed under Articles 11 & 8 of the Federal Constitution respectively.
    If the outcome of the future Syariah Court hearing is unsatisfactory to the appellants, they can still come back to the civil court for remedy, if there are elements of unconstitutionality in the Syariah Court hearing or judgment.
    The current case reminds us of the famous Lina Joy apostasy case in 2007, which resulted in the woman migrating from this country. The rather complicated issues relating to the subject of apostasy peculiar to Malaysia were then analysed by me in an article titled “Untangling the knotty Lina Joy case”, which later appeared as Article 53 in my book “The March to Putrajaya” (http://www.themarchtoputrajaya.com/)

    Posted 5 years ago by Kim quek

  • Another dark chapter in the broken history of our judiciary and democracy.

    Posted 5 years ago by Xuz ZG