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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Malaysian govt classifies Christian’s as Muslim, refuses to rectify
As a last resort another Bumiputera
Christian has gone to the Syariah High Court to determine her religious
status following the National Registration Department’s (NRD) alleged
refusal to rectify its error of listing her as a Muslim in her MyKad.
This follows another three similar cases also before the Syariah High
Court in Sabah.
Juinah binti Paulus @ Zulkifli, a Murut woman from Tenom in the western interior of Sabah, maintains she is a Christian from birth.
But the Majlis Ugama Islam Negeri Sabah (Muis) shot back and insisted
that her mother had embraced Islam 22 years ago in nearby Keningau,
situated in Sabah’s oldest interior division in the beautiful valley
between the Crocker and Trus Madi ranges.
Like many Bumiputera Christians in
Sabah and Sarawak with bin or binti in their names, they are
automatically classified as Muslims in their MyKad. The NRD has
consistently refused to rectify this and would only do so if the
Syariah Court ruled that they are indeed not Muslims. This is despite a
recent Cabinet directive to resolve such disputes quickly. A main hurdle faced by such complainants is that they are not allowed to be represented by non-Muslims lawyers. This has come to be known as MyKad ‘Islamisation’ in East Malaysia.
Juinah, 29, has filed a case with the
Keningau Syariah High Court last year citing the Director General of NRD
in Putrajaya as respondent and the Chief Registrar of New Converts in
Kota Kinabalu as second respondent.
In her sworn statement to her application,
she said she has never embraced Islam at any stage of her life and this
fact is known to the Chief Registrar of New Converts.
She said her Murut mother, Radong @
Norhayati binti Ampasoh, 53, is a Christian as is her father,
Paulus@Zulkifli bin Rambus, 51, is also a Murut Christian. He is a
She married Matius bin Mangantig, 34, who
is also a Christian of Rungus ethnicity and they have a three-year old
son Carl Xavier.
Juinah said she is a full fledged member
of Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah since 2008 and was baptized 16 years
ago by Pastor Minna Berahim and Pastor Raphael Buin of SIB Church in
She said she has suffered greatly due to
the mistake made by the NRD in classifying her as a Muslim and wants an
order from the court to say that she is a Christian and not a Muslim to
enable her to go back to the NRD to get a new MyKad.
She also provided a statement from her ketua kampong of her village confirming that she is a Christian.
Replying on behalf of Muis, Rais bin
Japar, from the prosecution division of Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam
Negeri Sabah, denied all claims made by Juinah in her affidavit. He said
according to records, Juinah’s mother had embraced Islam in 1980 in
Keningau and is known by her Muslim name as Norhayati binti Ampasoh. But
this did not say how this made Juinah a Muslim. The rest of her four
siblings are not tagged as Muslims in their MyKad.
The other three cases still pending were
brought by a 53 year-old widow and her two adult daughters and supported
by the respective local churches. All three are from the Dusun Banggi