It is really not right for government officials to simply insert the religion of a non-Muslim as being a Muslim in Identity Cards, Birth Certificates or other documents - when this happens, it is really so difficult for the non-Muslim to correct this ....now, it seems he has to go to court ...the Syariah Court and get an order confirming that he/she is not a Muslim...
If there is a 'bin' or a 'binti' in a name, we Malaysians should reasonably know that this 'bin' or 'binti' is not evidence or proof that one is a Muslim..
Orang asli in Semenanjung Malaysia also face similar problems - even when they go register the name of their child, some officers insert the 'bin' or 'binti' into the names children ...This used to happen, is it still happening?
This wrongly inserting that one is a Muslim causes a lot of problems - usually when it comes to marriage, etc -
Is it policy...or is it just inefficiency?
Native Christians 'converted' by state policy
BOB TEOH is enrolled in a Master's programme at the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines and this paper is part of his Conflict & Peace Reporting course requirements.
- Malaysiakini, 24/8/2014, Native Christians 'converted' by state policy
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