Seeking answers: Tan and Lau (second from right) leaving after seeking advice at Jagdeep’s office in Komtar.
GEORGE TOWN: The mother of alleged Muslim convert Teoh Cheng Cheng, who died at her apartment in Macallum Street here on Saturday, is worried about the religious status of Teoh’s four children.
Tan Mah Suan, 64, said Teoh’s children were aged between 17 and 10.
“Will the religious department (Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department or Jaipp) take them away as well?
“I have never even seen my daughter’s MyKad on which Jaipp claims is stated that she is a Muslim convert by the name of Nora Teoh Abdullah.
“I only came to know about it when they came to claim her body,” she said.
Tan, who was at state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo’s office in Komtar yesterday with two sons and Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lau Keng Ee, said she had been taking care of the children.
They went to see Jagdeep to seek advice on whether they could take legal action against Jaipp.
However, the Datuk Keramat assemblyman said he was no longer practising law.
It was reported that officers from Jaipp stopped the funeral procession at the last minute on Monday, citing a “religious issue” as the reason.
Penang MCA liaison committee deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should be held responsible as Jaipp came under the state government’s jurisdiction.
“Also, this is not the first time Jaipp has stepped out of line. They previously arrested and charged an Indonesian Christian for khalwat. Now, the department has snatched a woman’s body during her funeral,” he said in a statement.