IGNORANCE; Thy Will be Done. In Malaysia as it is in Egypt
Judges rule Lina Joy must seek Muslim tribunal’s approval to remove ‘Islam’ from ID.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Compass Direct News) – Malaysia’s highest court on Wednesday (May 30) handed down a decision that prevents Lina Joy, a Muslim convert to Christianity, from having her conversion legally recognized.
In a 2-1 majority decision, the Federal Court ruled that the National Registration Department (NRD) was right in requiring Joy to produce a declaration from the sharia (Islamic law) court stating that she is no longer a Muslim before it would remove the word “Islam” from her identity card.
The ruling comes after a seven-year legal battle to have Joy’s conversion officially recognized.
Her final legal option would be to ask for a review of the Federal Court decision. If she applies for review and it is accepted, then her case would be heard before an expanded panel of either five or seven judges.
Joy was quoted in the May 31 local daily The Star as saying through her lawyer, Benjamin Dawson, that she was disappointed with the court decision.
“The Federal Court has not only denied me that right but [denied it] to all Malaysians who value fundamental freedoms,” she said.
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Horraayyy for the justice and tolerance of Islam and the rule of Islam!!!!