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The boss of Islam Hadhari was a bit too late in making this decision. He had all the opportunities to make statements, correct things when body snatching was at its height. The mullah Napoleons were there bringing misery to the families that were affected, remember the pictures of widows seeing their husbands not given a decent burial because of the dictates of religious officers, their concern that they were not doing their obligations to bury the husbands the way they had buried their family members. Where was Badawi then.

I don’t believe in people cursing and that curse taking effect. But seeing all the atrocities that were committed by the religious officials I wonder if this was the part that drove the people to bring in Pakatan Rakyat.

If Badawi was a effective leader, he would have thought of the misery suffered by families, and the least make some statements to alleviate the fear the country was going towards being an Islamic state when there are other religions involved. He failed to do so.

I see UMNO Johor asked him to take leave so Najib can lead, and Malaysiakini reports that they want Najib to lead.

So Prime Minister, with your talk of big ears and a PM for all, you demurred when religious issues were involved, but now trying to make up for lost time, making decisions on religious issues. Is it a bit too late.

Gov’t to act on Islamic conversion rows

Apr 10, 08 5:41pm

The government today proposed new rules on converting to Islam, in a bid to prevent wrangles that have split families and incited racial tensions in this multicultural country.

“We are working on a law that non-Muslims who are converting to Islam must inform their spouse and family,” Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said after meeting Islamic religious authorities.

“They will have to fill out a form and declare that they have informed their family of the pending conversion,” he said.

The move follows a series of allegations of “body-snatching” by Islamic authorities, who have seized remains for burial according to Muslim rites, against the objections of non-Muslim family members.

The proposals are an olive branch to Malaysia’s minority ethnic Chinese and Indians who are uneasy over rising “Islamisation” and have turned away from the government, which is dominated by Muslim Malays.

The coalition government’s mis-handling of race issues is credited as one of the factors behind its drubbing in March 8 elections, when it lost a third of parliamentary seats and five states in its worst-ever results.

Clash between religions

Abdullah said there had been many cases where non-Muslims had converted to Islam quietly without informing their families.

“This has resulted in a clash between religions when the person dies and the Islamic authorities try to claim the body but are opposed by family members who were not informed of the conversion,” he said.

“This has caused much ill-will among the various religions.”

In the most recent case, an elderly ethnic Chinese man was buried as a Muslim in January after his Buddhist family lost a battle with Islamic authorities who said he had converted.

Police seized the body of Gan Eng For after his eldest son – himself a Muslim convert – said he had switched to the religion. Other family members said that was impossible because he was senile and paralysed from strokes.

In many instances the rows have been decided by Islamic syariah courts, where non-Muslim family members argue they do not get a fair hearing.

Gov’t to act on Islamic conversion rows

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