KOTA KINABALU: The Cabinet is concerned over the implications arising from the Court of Appeal decision on issues of Muslim child conversion in the Indira Gandhi case, and has ordered three ministers to look into it.
“The Cabinet is very, very concerned about the decision of that particular case because of its wide implications,” said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau (pic) said here Saturday.
He said issues regarding the judgment were discussed at the last Cabinet meeting, where three ministers were assigned to look into the matter.
“The Cabinet has made certain decisions and it involves two or three ministers to look into it,” he said declining to elaborate further only adding that further developments would be disclosed in due course.
Tangau, who is Upko acting president, said that they were not questioning the judgment but felt that it should be based on points of law.
“We don’t wish to question the decision of the judges but judgement must be based on the points of law and must not be due to other considerations,” Tangau told reporters after visiting the soon to be completed RM500mil International Technology and Commercial Centre in Penampang.
On Dec 30 last year, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal decided on the Government’s appeal against Indira, who had previously obtained a decision by the Ipoh High Court to quash the conversion certificates of her three children.
The court decided that whether a person was a Muslim or not was a matter for the Syariah Court to determine.
Indira’s children had been converted to Islam by her ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, formerly known as K. Patmanathan.