Sikh woman’s religious status queried after Muslim burial


GEORGE TOWN: A youth organisation has raised concerns over the religious status of a Sikh woman who was given a Muslim burial.

It will be meeting the mufti here today.

Sikh Naujawan Sabha (SNS) Penang branch adviser Harjinder Singh questioned whether Surinder Kaur, 37, had really converted to Islam before her death.

She succumbed to brain injuries on Monday after a 55-year-old male friend allegedly hit her with a helmet by the roadside in Bayan Lepas on Sunday. The man has since been remanded by police.

Yesterday, Harjinder said Surinder’s medical report indicated that she was unconscious from the time the paramedics brought her to the hospital until her death.

“We would like to know if she had really converted before her death.

“If yes, where did it take place? And if it was at the hospital, how was it done?

“We are not against her wish to be a Muslim; nor are we instigating anything. We are merely concerned about the way she was converted and if she had genuinely converted,” he said.

Harjinder said the Penang mufti’s office had told them that Surinder had converted to Islam two weeks ago based on an explanation by her brother after her death.

Her brother had apparently declared in a police report that Surinder became a Muslim before her passing.

However, it is learnt that her name was not found in the state converts’ registrar and was not stated as a Muslim on her MyKad.