Court awards custody of unilaterally converted kids to Buddhist father

  • Sep 14, 2018
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A three-member bench yesterday reversed the decision of the High Court in Shah Alam and awarded custody of two children, who had been unilaterally converted to Islam, to the Buddhist father of the minors.

Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who led the bench in the matter before the Court of Appeal, ruled that there are merits in the application.

The other members of the bench, as part of the unanimous decision, were Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Mahmud and Justice Mary Lim.

Counsel for the father, Honey Tan, told Malaysiakini said it was a brave and correct decision by the appellate court to grant guardianship, custody, care and control of the children, who are currently Muslims, to their Buddhist father.

Their father is currently seeking to annul the children’s unilateral conversion to Islam by his ex-spouse. This matter will be heard in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

The names of the parents and the children are being withheld.