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Saturday, December 02, 2006
MORE PICS - The 5OK ROBBER Was an ELITE DEDICATED COP Who Left Service on Suspicion of Involvement in Drag Related activities & the LURE of GOOD LIFE
Crime does not pay and it was his choice to end his life this way
Stephen Yau G.T., an old hand and knew both sides of the law was waiting for an “easy robbery” at the Esso petrol service station (in Taman Shamelin Perkasa) at about 12.45 pm. He acted alone well aware of the principle "less men more share".
ABOVE & BELOW: The usual crowd at a robbery scene (Esso Station), who would go away when the Police finished their jobs
When the RM50,000 in cash (the day’s collection) was transferred to the Cisco Securitypersonnel, he confronted them and pulled off the robbery. He rushed off to his parked car in trying to escape (see picture)
ABOVE: The getaway car a MYVII, most probably a stolen one.
and barely held on to the bag of cash for 30 seconds when the security guards fired two shots at him and missed.In quick succession two more shots were fired and he was gunned down and ended his crime life.
He preferred the "easy & quick get rich" life of drugs and needed some pocket money when he attempted his last one.There is a saying “going up the mountains too often, one would encounter a tiger eventually”. How can a robber retired as the loot eventually dries up and as one needs to roll the "next one just like the other one" for a junkie.
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ABOVE; ACP Ramli birefing newsmen on "what happened"
From decorated cop to... dead robber; 01 Dec 2006; Tony Emmanuel, NST
KUALA LUMPUR: He was once among the best that the police had to offer: A man who could be trusted to give his life for the law. But a love for the good life took him down the wrong road after he left the elite Special Action Squad (UTK). On Wednesday, Stephen Yau G.T., who had saved numerous lives and who had several commendation letters to his credit, was gunned down as he tried to flee with RM50,000 from an Esso station in Taman Shamelin Perkasa. The policeman who had once served the nation with distinction took two shots and died soon after.
An autopsy at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia mortuary yesterday confirmed what police had suspected after the incident. Fingerprint verification erased all doubts on the identify of the robber.
The dead body off to the nearest hospital (HUKM, in Bandar Tun Razak) for a post mortem
Yau had been recognised by police officers as he lay on the ground after the robbery, which saw him trying to get away with the petrol station’s earnings. Almost 48 hours after the incident, investigators are beginning to understand that their respected former colleague had switched sides after leaving the force in 1994. It appears that Yau, whose feats included the UTK storming of a criminal’s hideout in DamansaraHeights in 1993 and the shootout with Bentong Kali, had been lured by the big money in the underworld. The man, who had a penchant for Mercedes Benz, claimed to be a successful businessman purportedly overseeing numerous licensed money-lending activities. In reality, he may have been "an enforcer" for the upper echelon of organised crime. Investigators, looking back into files, are unearthing another side of Yau. Yau may have been involved in the December 2003 "table talk" between rival gangs after the notorious Johor-based Hai Loong Wong (Sea Dragon King) triad tried to set up their base in Klang. Police disrupted the negotiations with numerous seizures, including weapons and amphetamine type stimulant pills. Hai Loong Wong members earned their reputation for reputedly specialising in psychological intimidation of debtors. There were instances involving women who were stripped, photographed and threatened by threats of such photographs being made public if they failed to settle debts. The triad had tried to move operations to Klang following a vacuum created after a reputed underworld kingpin was murdered in an execution-style shooting at a restaurant in Jalan Imbi in January that year. Several days after the police raid, seven men, including the triad boss, were charged with kidnapping a businesswoman and holding her for a RM200,000 ransom. Two of the accused also faced an additional charge of outraging the modesty of the woman. Police believe the incident could have been related to territorial control, as the victim was a close relative of Yau. Yau appears to have left the police force under a cloud when he resigned after being asked to appear before an internal inquiry investigating dadah trafficking activities. The inquiry came about after police learnt of a sudden surge in the availability of dadah on the clandestine network at below market prices. Yau’s tactical team was involved in several raids which led to large heroin seizures. The inquiry then was to establish whether the heroin seizures logged commensurated with what was found at scenes of police raids. Police are convinced they will find numerous other instances of Yau’s involvement in organised crime as they go through their files over the last 12 years.
MORE PICS – UNWANTED CHILD, NEWLY BORN WAS THROWN DOWN From a Flat in CHERAS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING; Any Difference, Dying After Being Born and Aborted?
ABOVE: Passerbys looking at a departed soul. Which flat was it that did it in the middle of the night? = = = = = = = The refrain from the song NOBODY’S CHILD (By Karen Young) echoes the
sadness of an unwanted child trying to live in this world
I'm nobody's child,
Just like the flowers
I'm growing wild.
I got no mummy's kisses
I got no daddy's smile.
Nobody wants me,
I'm nobody's child.
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Baby thrown down from flat; 01 Dec 2006; V. Shuman and Leslei Kevin
KUALA LUMPUR: The newborn baby may have been still alive when it was placed in a rotting mess of kitchen refuse and hurled down an apartment block in Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras, yesterday. When a sweeper found the infant with its umbilical cord still attached at , it had been dead for two to three hours. The back of the baby’s head had been crushed, most probably from the impact of the fall. Police are trying to determine the unit from which the baby was thrown. A Cheras police spokesman said although the baby was fair-skinned, its race had not been determined.
Roshayati Tambi Ahmad, 44 (ABOVE) stumbled upon the garbage bag as she was cleaning the area around Block B. "I noticed a stench from a garbage bag on the ground and found it filled with chicken and fish parts. As I picked it up, the body slipped through a hole at the bottom of the bag," she said. She alerted the management office, which called in the police.
ABOVE & BELOW: The police have the responsiblity to send the body for a post mortem
The body was sent to the UniversitiKebangsaanMalaysiaHospital for a post- mortem.
ABOVE & BELOW: The curious busybodies looking at a death - which is a night to the soul
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Any difference, dying after being born and aborted before coming full term?
Question:Why do some babies die shortly after birth?
Response: First of all, nothing ever dies - it just changes form. There is a lovely story given in a film -"The Little Buddha" that illustrates this: Imagine a glass filled with tea. The glass represents your physical body and the tea represents your soul (the portion of your soul that is in the physical body). Break the glass and the tea spills on the table, to the floor, into cracks. And yet, the tea is still tea and the glass is still glass, although its form has changed. The tea moves where it will. This is very close to how people make their transitions. No one "dies" before their time. When the soul is ready to release the body, when it has accomplished what it came here to do, it moves on, even in the case of infants. What could they accomplish? – You might ask. They may have come into this life to experience unconditional love, to feel the physical body, to experiment with changing form, to give love or other gifts, to meet a personal karmic situation as self-judgment, a point of view, something that had to be confronted and processed. There are also cases when a soul changes its mind after being born. It may decide to assist the family or a sibling from the other side. It may decide to wait and be reborn into the same, or perhaps another family, sometime down the line.. There is always a reason. To realize that each soul is making these decisions on their own is a beautiful, healing and freeing experience.
Question: When we die/transition, do we ever lose our personality?
Response: You never lose the unique, divine spark that you are.
In the case of ABORTION
Now what happens when a fetus is aborted or miscarried? Didn’t that being wanted to have life on Earth? Who has the right to determine for a fetus if it lives or dies?We all have choice, can, and do change our minds. Each soul that decides to come into the body is a full being already. Should that soul decide it does not want to be born, to experience life after all, it may choose a variety of ways of stopping the process, which include abortion or miscarriage.There is always a reason. . To realize that each soul is making these decisions on their own is a beautiful, healing and freeing experience.
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Further read from the girlinbombay
"I just found out that this has been declared 'blogging for choice' month. And I want to add my baby blog to all the pro-choice blogs out there. For all my non-American readers, the word choice here refers to a woman's right to abortion i.e. the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy when they don't want to have a baby. Some Christians believe that abortion is murder of the fetus and must therefore be stopped. Of course this is not just about abortion, which is the thin end of the wedge issue - which is to ensure that women cannot control what happens to her body. Not only do the anti-choice groups oppose abortion but many of them even oppose free sale of contraceptives especially those which can be take after the deed, such as the morning after pill. Pharmacists adhering to this philosophy have refused to sell contraceptives to women with presciptions (see this and this and this) Many of these groups osentsibly believe that sex should be for procreation only which is why they are usually anti-gay and definitely anti-gay marriage. Under the current administration, which completely believes in this philosophy, funding has been withdrawn from programs which work in the poorest parts of the world for the sin of distributing condoms. The overarching theme is that 'sex is bad, sex is a sin and the only good reason to indulge in sex is to produce children'. Coming from a culture that has a history of celebrating sex, though the past 1000 years has been an excercise in rolling back everything that was enlightened, these ideas seem stupid and ridiculous to me. Even though I practised abstinence till I met the one guy who was right for me, I would never presume to think I could tell other people what to do with their bodies and their personal lives. And even people in monogamous relationships need contraceptives unless we are each to have 10-15 children. This planet cannot support that many people!! But the weirdest thing is to try and legislate morality. Even if you do think sex simply for pleasure is bad, do you think laws against it will work? If you think abortion is bad, then make sure that everyone has access to contraceptives, especially the morning after pill. Even so, there will be abortions - from a condom that broke to a pill/patch that was supposed to work but did not but they will be far fewer. Try and understand that no woman goes about trying to get pregnant so that she can have an abortion. Having a baby is not easy, read this to see how dangerous it is even with good health care and facilities. It is nonsensical to force women to go through with it, that attitude is no better than Saddam forcing children to walk ahead of the regular army in order to defuse landmines. But the most important thing of all is to have humility. To be humble enough to say, this is what I think is good but of course other people have the right to their own opinions. Then there would be no conflict because of course no one is forcing you to have an abortion or use contraceptives or be gay. You live life on your own terms and allow others to do the same. Disagree with their choices if you must but do so civilly without trying to bring the state in people's personal lives or bedrooms. The above paragraph would make no sense to two groups :- the unreconstructed sexists who believe that women should be kept barefoot and pregnant to ensure that they are not taking men's jobs or getting too uppity and the religious crazies. You cannot argue with the religious position, they believe this to be evil because their holy book says so and it must be stopped. All we can do is to hope that the state policy remains secular. As for abortion, remember that the fetus is like a tumour growing inside a cancer patient, yes eventually fetus will be able to survive without the woman but till such time, she has a perfect right to her body and a right to refuse to host the parasite. Women are not incubators and you have no right to try to enslave our bodies. This is a harsh way to put it but necessarily so, women's rights are trampled on too easily by the patriarchy and it's enablers. Update: Please read this for a very good blogpost on abortion, Feministe has said much better than I ever could "
MORE Pics -18 al-Qaeda Arrested Before Pope Ends Turkey Trip - a Visit & Prayer at Sultanahmet - "Blue Mosque" Opposite Hagia Sofia; Silent Meditation
ABOVE & BELOW: Pope being welcomed at the Mosque Pope ends Turkey trip with visit to mosque By Peter Popham in Istanbul Published: 01 December 2006
Benedict XVI became only the second pope in history to step inside a mosque. It was a fitting end to a trip which had had the potential to become the most disastrous papal visit in living memory. Instead, Benedict flies home today after his four-day visit to Turkey with compliments ringing in his ears.
The polemical German pope, "God's rottweiler" as he was known when still a cardinal, has gone a long way towards neutralising the hostility he aroused in September when he quoted a medieval Byzantine emperor describing Islam as "evil and inhuman".
Outside Hagia Sofia yesterday, Istanbul's immense church-turned-mosque-turned museum, a solitary woman held up a placard that read: "God's curses on he who stuck his tongue out at the Prophet. The Pope is the enemy of the Turks."
She got plenty of attention from television cameras with nothing else to film, but despite or perhaps because of al-Qa'ida saying roughly the same thing, such sentiments became rarer as the week progressed. The Pope made "a good start" said Turkish daily Hurriyet, by giving his support to Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
"Reason has prevailed on all sides" said a columnist in the Turkish Daily News. "The majority of Turks are happy that the visit is going well and that the Pope has been so conciliatory in his remarks." If the Pope regrets that the real debate over religion and violence which he tried to kick off with his address in September has been deferred, he kept his feelings to himself.
Yesterday, Benedict, whom some Vatican-watchers had felt was putting his predecessor's policy of seeking amity with Islam into reverse, made a historic visit to Sultanahmet, the "Blue Mosque," opposite Hagia Sofia, a date written into his diary at the last minute and which had the potential to have explosive consequences. But the pontiff impressed his hosts by removing shoes and socks, and once inside he bowed his head in silent meditation for over a minute.
As the controversy has receded, the emotion of the visit of a figure like this has become striking, the sense of a man wading through a terrain dense with history: triumphs and disasters, glory and schism. In Hagia Sofia, Benedict was shown some of the golden frescoes, among the oldest Christian works of art, that adorn the magnificent building's walls. Once the church became a mosque, they were covered with black paint in the zeal to obliterate every trace of idolatry. Many of them are still hidden. He spent Wednesday evening and much of Thursday with Bartholomew I, patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church. The two men are trying to get unity talks between Catholics and Orthodox back on track after years of stagnation.
The man known as "the Green Patriarch" found Benedict in ready agreement on environmental questions. "As religious leaders we consider it one of our duties to encourage... all efforts made to protect God's Creation, and to bequeath to future generations a world in which they will be able to live," the two men said in a joint declaration. "The divisions among Christians are a scandal to the world," the Pope said after an Orthodox ceremony yesterday lasting nearly three hours. All Christians, he said, should "renew Europe's awareness of its Christian roots, traditions and values".
The fact that such sentiments were not seen by thin-skinned Turks as another papal slap in the face was a credit to the Pope's painstaking diplomacy - and his qualified support for Turkey's entry into the EU, practically the first thing he said on touching down in the country, and the biggest surprise of the visit.
Benedict XVI became only the second pope in history to step inside a mosque. It was a fitting end to a trip which had had the potential to become the most disastrous papal visit in living memory. Instead, Benedict flies home today after his four-day visit to Turkey with compliments ringing in his ears. The polemical German pope, "God's rottweiler" as he was known when still a cardinal, has gone a long way towards neutralising the hostility he aroused in September when he quoted a medieval Byzantine emperor describing Islam as "evil and inhuman". Outside Hagia Sofia yesterday, Istanbul's immense church-turned-mosque-turned museum, a solitary woman held up a placard that read: "God's curses on he who stuck his tongue out at the Prophet. The Pope is the enemy of the Turks." She got plenty of attention from television cameras with nothing else to film, but despite or perhaps because of al-Qa'ida saying roughly the same thing, such sentiments became rarer as the week progressed. The Pope made "a good start" said Turkish daily Hurriyet, by giving his support to Turkey's bid to join the European Union. "Reason has prevailed on all sides" said a columnist in the Turkish Daily News. "The majority of Turks are happy that the visit is going well and that the Pope has been so conciliatory in his remarks." If the Pope regrets that the real debate over religion and violence which he tried to kick off with his address in September has been deferred, he kept his feelings to himself.Yesterday, Benedict, whom some Vatican-watchers had felt was putting his predecessor's policy of seeking amity with Islam into reverse, made a historic visit to Sultanahmet, the "Blue Mosque," (see BELOW) opposite Hagia Sofia,
a date written into his diary at the last minute and which had the potential to have explosive consequences. But the pontiff impressed his hosts by removing shoes and socks, and once inside he bowed his head in silent meditation for over a minute. (see BELOW)
As the controversy has receded, the emotion of the visit of a figure like this has become striking, the sense of a man wading through a terrain dense with history: triumphs and disasters, glory and schism. In Hagia Sofia, Benedict was shown some of the golden frescoes, among the oldest Christian works of art, that adorn the magnificent building's walls. Once the church became a mosque, they were covered with black paint in the zeal to obliterate every trace of idolatry. Many of them are still hidden. He spent Wednesday evening and much of Thursday with Bartholomew I, patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church. The two men are trying to get unity talks between Catholics and Orthodox back on track after years of stagnation. The man known as "the Green Patriarch" found Benedict in ready agreement on environmental questions. "As religious leaders we consider it one of our duties to encourage... all efforts made to protect God's Creation, and to bequeath to future generations a world in which they will be able to live," the two men said in a joint declaration. "The divisions among Christians are a scandal to the world," the Pope said after an Orthodox ceremony yesterday lasting nearly three hours. All Christians, he said, should "renew Europe's awareness of its Christian roots, traditions and values". The fact that such sentiments were not seen by thin-skinned Turks as another papal slap in the face was a credit to the Pope's painstaking diplomacy - and his qualified support for Turkey's entry into the EU, practically the first thing he said on touching down in the country, and the biggest surprise of the visit.
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NICK PISA IN ISTANBUL POPE Benedict XVI entered a mosque yesterday in an attempt to build bridges with Muslims just hours after a police operation netted 18 al-Qaeda suspects. Pope Benedict followed custom as he took off his shoes to enter the famous Blue Mosque in the heart of Istanbul on the third day of his visit to Turkey. Two months ago the German-born pontiff had angered Muslims by giving a speech in which he quoted a Byzantine emperor who said that everything Islam had brought to the world was "inhuman and evil". Security for his visit was tight and a ring of steel was thrown around the six-towered Blue Mosque and nearby SantaSophiaMuseum.
As part of the clampdown and following a threat posted on the internet by an Iraq-based terror group, police carried out a number of arrests ahead of yesterday's visit and held 18 people they said were associated with Osama bin Laden's terror organisation.
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By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 28,
ANKARA, Turkey -
Pope Benedict XVI urged leaders of all religions Tuesday to "utterly refuse" to support any form of violence in the name of faith, while Turkey's top Muslim cleric complained to the pontiff of growing "Islamophobia" in the world. As he began his first visit to a Muslim country — a trip that drew extraordinary security but few onlookers — Benedict sought a careful balance as he extended friendship and brotherhood to Muslims, hoping to end the outcry from many Muslims over his remarks linking Islam to violence. He expressed support for Turkey's efforts to join the European Union, moving away from opposition he voiced when he was a cardinal. But the German pope also hammered away at key points of his 18-month papacy, telling diplomats that leaders of all religions must "utterly refuse to sanction recourse to violence as a legitimate expression of faith."
He avoided mention of any specific religion, even as he decried terrorism and the "disturbing conflicts across the Middle East."Benedict also said guarantees of religious freedom are essential for a just society, and the Vatican said he raised specific issues such as property rights of Turkey's tiny 32,000-member Catholic community during talks with Turkish officials.His comments could be reinforced later during the four-day visit when the pope meets in Istanbul with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.The pope is expected to call for greater rights and protections for Christian minorities in the Muslim world, including the small Greek Orthodox community in Turkey. The 79-year-old made reconciliation a priority of his first day, taking on a taxing series of meetings that saw him needing a drink of water after coughing repeatedly while addressing diplomats in the last public appearance in the evening. Benedict's journey is extraordinarily sensitive, a closely watched pilgrimage full of symbolism that could offer hope of religious reconciliation or deepen what many say is a growing divide between the Christian and Islamic worlds. Seeking to ease anger over his perceived criticism of Islam, Benedict met with Ali Bardakoglu, who heads religious affairs in Turkey, warmly grasping hands. Benedict sat nearby as the Muslim cleric defended his religion.
"The so-called conviction that the sword is used to expand Islam in the world and growing Islamophobia hurts all Muslims," Bardakoglu said. The comment appeared to be a reference to Benedict's remarks in a speech in September when he quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor who characterized the Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by thy sword the faith he preached." The Vatican described the cleric's speech as "positive, respectful and non-polemical," applauding what the church sees as efforts for a true dialogue between faiths.
On Sunday, more than 25,000 Turks showed up to an anti-Vatican protest in Istanbul, asking the pope to stay at home, but on the streets of Ankara most people went about their usual business and only a tiny protest was held outside the religious affairs office hours before the pope arrived. "Today we had the sensation he was a welcome guest," said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "All feel the same responsibility in this difficult moment in history, let's work together," Benedict said during his flight from Rome to Ankara, where more than 3,000 police and sharpshooters joined a security effort that surpassed even the visit of President Bush two years ago. "We know that the scope of this trip is dialogue and brotherhood and the commitment for understanding between cultures ... and for reconciliation," he said. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — in a last-minute change of plans — welcomed the pope at the foot of the plane and described the visit as "very meaningful." Erdogan's political party has Islamic roots, though the government is secular. In his first official act, Benedict visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, and wrote a message in a guest book calling Turkey "a meeting point of different religions and cultures and a bridge between Asia and Europe." Police monitored the highway leading to Ankara from the airport, where Turkish and Vatican flags waved in a light breeze. Snipers climbed atop buildings and hilltops. In wooded areas along the route, soldiers in camouflage fatigues set up observation points and sniffer dogs passed along bridges. It was his first visit to a Muslim country as pontiff. The original goal of the pope's trip to Turkey was to meet Bartholomew I, leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. The two major branches of Christianity represented by Bartholomew and Benedict split in 1054 over differences in opinion on the power of the papacy, and the two spiritual heads will meet in an attempt to breach the divide and reunite the churches. Benedict leaves Ankara on Wednesday for Ephesus, where the Virgin Mary is thought to have spent her last years, and will then travel to Istanbul. A closely watched moment of the trip will come Thursday during Benedict's visit to Haghia Sophia, a 1,500-year-old site that was originally a Byzantine church and then turned into a mosque after the Muslim conquest of Istanbul — then known as Constantinople — in 1453. It is now a museum, and Turks would take offense at any religious gestures by the pontiff, who also plans to visit the nearby Blue Mosque. In 1967, Pope Paul VI fell to his knees in prayer, touching off protests by Turks claiming he violated the secular nature of the domed complex. In 1979,
Pope John Paul II made no overt religious signs during his visit.
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Pope makes 'unforgettable' visit to mosque at high point of Turkey trip
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI, in an exceptional gesture, turned towards Mecca for a moment of meditation in an attitude of Muslim prayer at the Blue Mosque, the third day of his eventful visit to Turkey. The dramatic moment came a mere 10 weeks after much of the Muslim world was outraged by comments the pontiff made seen as linking Islam to violence. Benedict XVI, who became the second pope in history -- after John Paul II in Damascus in 2001 -- to set foot in a Muslim house of worship, made the gesture at the suggestion of Istanbul Mufti Mustafa Cagrici, his guide for the occasion.
After explaining the basics of Muslim prayer to the pontiff during the early part of the tour, Cagrici said: "Let us turn toward the Kiblah" -- the direction of Mecca, which all Muslims must face when they perform their prayers five times a day. The pope complied. The two men, clad in long white robes, stood side by side and motionless for about two minutes, their hands crossed on their stomachs in a classical Muslim prayer attitude known as "the posture of tranquillity." The pope remained with his eyes closed for about a minute, but did not repeat Cagrici's gesture when the mufti wiped his face with the palms of his hands, signalling the end of the prayer. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi took pains to explain to journalists afterwards that the pope had not actually prayed but was "in meditation." Benedict is known to insist that members of different religions cannot pray together, but side by side. In the street outside the mosque, Istanbul residents who watched the visit on television debated the moment. After Mehmet Saglam, a student, told AFP he thought it was "a nice gesture," a passer-by asked: "But was it sincere?" "It's politics, all this," Saglam replied. Afterwards, the pope, padding the floor in white slippers -- Muslim tradition dictates that shoes be taken off before entering a mosque -- pursued his half-hour tour of the imposing mosque built in the early 17th century. Stopping several times to take in the mufti's comments on the Sultanahmet Mosque, as the Blue Mosque is known in Turkey, the pontiff was attentive and smiling, asking several questions. He was surprised at the vast size of the sanctuary, which has a capacity for 8,000 faithful. "That's a lot," the pope commented. The two men exchanged gifts, the pontiff first presenting Cagrici with a mosaic representing doves and saying: "This picture is meant as a message of fraternity --a souvenir of this visit that I will certainly never forget."
Benedict XVI received an Ottoman calligraphy that read: "In the name of Allah the merciful" -- also in the form of a dove. "A pleasant twist of fate," commented the mufti. As he left the mosque, visibly delighted, the 79-year-old pontiff said: "This visit will help us find together the means and paths to peace for the good of humanity." Benedict XVI had thrown the Muslim world into turmoil in September when, in a speech in Regensburg, Germany, he seemed to draw a parallel between Islam and violence. His four-day trip to Turkey that began Tuesday -- his first to a Muslim country -- is aimed mainly at attempting to heal the 10-century rift between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, but has changed in part into an exercise in fence-mending with Islam.
A few moments after the pope left the mosque, the muezzin's evening call to prayer could be heard in the night air. Just before the mosque visit, the pope went to the Saint Sophia museum, a sixth-century Byzantine basilica that served as a mosque under nearly five centuries of Ottoman rule. Flanked by Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler and Haluk Ozozlu, the museum director who was acting as his guide, and a retinue of Vatican and Turkish officials as well as bodyguards, the pope spent half an hour inside the Istanbul landmark. He occasionally put his hands together in admiration -- once while listening to explanations on the edifice's world-famous cupola -- but refrained from any religious gesture, such as praying or crossing himself. Pope Paul VI, visiting the same site in 1967, had astonished his host, then-foreign minister Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil, by spontaneously falling to his knees in prayer and creating a diplomatic incident.
Another TUG-O-WAR for Dead BODY of Rayappan Anthony, 71 at KL HOSPITAL Morgue. Family Claim he Renounced MUSLIM Faith and RETURN to Family
Rest in Peace, Rayappan. Remember life implies death, and death implies life. Death is therefore as creative as birth, as necessary for action and consciousness in your terms. Rest assures that death is another beginning. A death is just a night to your soul. You had lived before and will live again
UPDATE:Dec 07 2006;
TUG-O-WAR For BODY ofRayappan BODY Over: FAMILY Wins; MAIS Lost: Mais chairman Datuk Mohamed Adzib : OVER-WHELMING EVIDENCE Beats Gathered Information
It was better late and NOT prolonged that this tussle is now over.MAIS right from the beginning should have decided in favor of Rayappan’s widow when ALL the Overwhelming evidences were adduced. Perhaps there is some pressure from above that MAIS relents.
Mais Decides Not To Claim Rayappan's Remains; December 07, 2006 19:25 PMSHAH ALAM, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) has decided not to claim the body of A. Rayappan for burial according to Islamic rites. Mais chairman Datuk Mohamed Adzib Mohd Isa said all the information gathered before showed that Rayappan was a Muslim, but the evidence pointing that he was not a Muslim was overwhelming. "So, I hope the matter is solved and we don't think the people will view us negatively because we make the decision based on the existing facts and not emotion," he told a press conference here Thursday. Rayappan, 70, a former van driver, died at the Kuala LumpurHospital on Nov 29 of diabetes complications. Last Friday, Mais applied with the Syariah High Court to have his body buried according to Islamic rites because he had converted to Islam in 1990 and assumed the name of Muhammad Rayappan Abdullah. However, his family objected on the grounds that the deceased had renounced the religion. On Monday, his widow Lourdes Mary Maria Soosay, 69, filed an application at the Civil High Court in Kuala Lumpur for her late husband's body to be released to her, claiming that Rayappan had been a Roman Catholic when he died. Rayappan's body is being kept at the Kuala LumpurHospital morgue until the tussle for it between Mais and his family is sorted out. Mohamed Adzib said Mais had discussed the matter will all the parties and sought the views of the state's mufti, Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and the legal adviser. "Yesterday, we reached a decision based on the information that we had gathered and we felt that there was no new evidence that could support Mais' case. "With this, Mais withdrew the case from the court today and will not make any other claim. We will not claim the body," he said. However, he added: "We regret because there was no evidence from the relevant parties who wanted to testify in court." Before Mais called the press conference, the Syariah Court of Appeal ruled that the Syariah High Court should have given an opportunity to the deceased's family to give evidence before it allowed Mais' application last Friday. Counsel Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar who held the watching brief for the Malaysian Syarie Lawyers Association told reporters that the Syariah Court of Appeal also ordered the Syariah High Court to hear the case again on Dec 12. = = = = = == = == ==
from STAR; Thursday December 7, 2006MAIS withdraws its claim on Rayappan's body KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) filed a notice in the Shah Alam Syariah High Court on Thursday, withdrawing its claim on the late Rayappan Anthony's body.In an earlier report, the Syariah Appeal Court was to review the order that granted the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) control over the late Rayappan Anthony’s body.
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MPs: Body tussles can be avoid; B. Suresh Ram Updated: 07:41PM Thu, 07 Dec 2006 KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7, 2006): Some Umno MPs are of the opinion that body tussles involving Muslim converts who leave the faith could be avoided if the religious authorities did their jobs professionally. They feel that cases like Anthony Rayappan's could be dealt with administratively, and need not have to be referred to the syariah court. In addition, educating Muslims and non-Muslims on the do's and don'ts would also help to prevent either side from being hurt in such disputes.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baru), a prominent lawyer, said it was to resolve these kinds of issues that the much-maligned Interfaith Council was proposed. "The proposed council could advise the government and relevant authorities when faced with such situations," he told theSun. He said it was only through dialogues between different communities could such a matter be resolved and that in Islam, dialogue was encouraged. "Muslim scholars have spoken on this and we need to involve people of different faiths and talk on topics such as this," he said. Zaid said the other option which the government could look at to resolve religious issues involving extra-legal or Constitutional matters was setting up a Constitutional Court. "We have to face this issue in an open-minded manner. We cannot resolve this if we face it in a dogmatic fashion," he said. Datuk
Shahrir Abdul Samad (BN-Johor Baru) (ABOVE) said the Rayappan issue and other such cases could be resolved administratively by the authorities without involving the syariah court. "How can the (information) on the MyKad be wrong?" he asked, referring to the report that Rayappan's MyKad gave his status as Christian after the National Registration Department approved his request for change of particulars.
= = = = = = = = Cabinet Wants A. Rayappan's Religious Status Determined; December 06, 2006 22:42 PMKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- The Cabinet wants the religious status of the late A. Rayappan to be determined so that a decision can be made on the religious rites for his burial.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (ABOVE) said the Cabinet meeting Wednesday had discussed the tussle for his body between the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and his family. "The Cabinet agreed that the matter be left to the Attorney-General's Office to be resolved," he told reporters after officiating the opening of the Bio-Malaysia Expo and Convention 2006 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here. Rayappan's family members claimed that he had renounced Islam and re-embraced Christianity several years ago but Mais maintained that he was still a Muslim. Rayappan, 70, a former van driver, died at the Kuala LumpurHospital on Nov 29 of diabetes complications. His body is being kept there until the tussle for it between Mais and his family is sorted out. "What is important is that we determine his religious status first. If he was not a Muslim, then we will return his body to the family," said Abdullah. The Shah Alam Syariah High Court had earlier today referred the case concerning the burial of A. Rayappan to the Syariah Appeals Court. On Friday, Mais applied to have the body of Rayappan, who converted to Islam in 1990 and went by the name of Muhammad Rayappan Abdullah, buried according to Islamic rites, but his family objected on the grounds that the deceased had renounced the religion. On Monday, his widow Lourdes Mary Maria Soosay, 69, filed an application at the Civil High Court in Kuala Lumpur for her late husband's body to be released to her, claiming that Rayappan had been a Roman Catholic when he died.
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TUG-O-WAR For BODY ofRayappan Continues; COURT Revokes Order for MAIS; Widow Sues Hospital, Govt for Hubby's Body; Seeks Damages & Declaration He is A Christian; DAP: Amend Article 121(1A)
You do not acquire a 'spirit' at death. You are one, now! You adopt a body (to experience earth life) just as a scuba diver wears a scuba diving suit (to survive undersea) and for much the same reason a space traveler wears a space suit (to survive in space).
You were born into a state of grace. It is impossible for you to leave it. You will die in a state of grace whether or not special words are spoken for you, or water or oil is poured upon your head or you need to place joss sticks for your ancestors. You share this blessing with the animals and all other living things. You cannot fall out of grace, nor can it be taken from you. You can ignore it. You can hold beliefs that blind you to its existence. You will still be graced but unable to perceive your own uniqueness and integrity, and blind also to other attributes with which you are automatically gifted.
Court revokes order;STAR
Tuesday December 5, 2006; By CHELSEA L.Y. NG and CECIL FUNG; KUALA LUMPUR: An order allowing the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to claim the body of van driver Rayappan Anthony has been revokedto enable his widow to tell the Syariah High Court her side of the story.
The Syariah High Court in Shah Alam yesterday scheduled a hearing in the afternoon to allow Lourdes Mary Maria Soosay to testify why her late husband's body should be released to her. The hearing was adjourned to today as the 65-year-old widow did not turn up.Lourdes Mary, a cancer patient, was at that time filing an application at the civil High Court here for Rayappan's body to be released to her.
According to a source, Mais officials are expected to serve a subpoena on Lourdes Mary this morning to appear for the hearing in the Syariah High Court.Rayappan died of complications from diabetes at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) on Wednesday. When his family went to claim his body on Thursday, Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) officers stopped them, claiming Rayappan was a Muslim. On Friday, a Shah Alam Syariah High Court granted an application by Mais to claim Rayappan’s body but required the council to get the endorsement of the Federal Territory Syariah High Court. It revoked the order yesterday and fixed hearing for the afternoon.
A frail-looking Lourdes Mary made her way to the civil High Court yesterday, accompanied by some 20 family members and relatives, lawyers and several opposition MPs. “I want Rayappan Anthony back. I want my husband back as a Christian. I will stand by this until I get his body,'' she said in between loud sobs as she met the press.
Lourdes Mary is seeking the release of Rayappan's remains for a Christian burial and also an injunction to stop all other parties from claiming his body. The matter has been fixed for hearing before Justice Kang Hwee Gee at on Monday. In her application, Lourdes Mary named the KLH director-general and the Government as defendants. Apart from seeking to declare that she is the lawful wife of the deceased, she is asking for general and special damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court. The family claimed that the National Registration Department issued Rayappan with a MyKad in 2003 in his original name and stated his religion as Christian. They acknowledged that he had been a Muslim before but claimed he returned to Christianity seven years ago. Lourdes Mary's lawyer A. Sivanesan said Jais had written to him about the proceedings in Shah Alam yesterday and he had replied that his client would not go to Syariah Court. = = = = == = == = == = = == = =
05/12: Body tussle case: Battle in two courts; SUN
It has been a week since 71-year-old A. Rayappan died. As his body lie in the Kuala LumpurHospital mortuary, court battles are being fought to decide whether he will be buried according to Muslim or Christian rites.At the Civil High Court in Kuala Lumpur: His widow M. Lourdes Mary, a cancer victim, sued the Kuala LumpurHospital and the government for the custody of her husband's body. She wants the court to:
* declare that Rayappan is a Christian who had practised the religion until his death on Nov 29. * instruct the HKL to hand over Rayappan's body with immediate effect * to restrain the HKL from handing over the body to anyone else, in whatever way, other than his wife. The case has been fixed for hearing on Monday (Dec 11, 2006).
At the Shah Alam Syariah Court: The Syariah court, which had issued an ex-parte order to release Rayappan's body to the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (MAIS) to be buried according to Muslim rites, has now asked his family via a letter to attend an inter-parte hearing in the interest of fairness and "as per instruction". His widow's lawyer was also told to prepare affidavits to be presented to the court at a hearing scheduled for Monday (Dec 11, 2006) afternoon.
The lawyer's response: Rayappan's family members are not Muslims and they will not appear before the Syariah court and submit to its jurisdiction. It is learnt the hearing was later postponed to Tuesday (Dec 12, 2006).
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05/12: Rayappan's widow sues hospital, govt for hubby's body
R.Surenthira Kumar; The Sun The widow of A. Rayappan whose family is embroiled in a tussle with the Selangor Religious Affairs Department (JAIS) for the 71-year-old man's body today filed a suit against the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and the Government. The civil suit, filed by M. Lourdes Mary, 65, through her lawyers at the Civil High Court in Wisma Denmark at about , sought the following: * a declaration that Lourdes Mary is the lawful wife of A. Rayappan until his death on Nov 29; * a declaration that Rayappan is a Christian who has practised the religion up until his demise on Nov 29; * a declaration instructing the HKL director and/or the hospital, on its own or through its agent/staff or representative to hand over Rayappan's body with immediate effect for burial; * an injunction preventing the HKL director or HKL from continuing to hold Rayappan's body and/or prevent them from restraining Lourdes Mary from claiming her husband's body, with whatever means; and * an interim injunction instructing the first defendant to hand over Rayappan's body to his wife and also restrain the HKL or its director from handing over the body to anyone else, in whatever way, other than his wife. The suit also asked for general damages, special damages to be assessed, costs and whatever relief deemed fit. Lawyer A.Sivanesan said the suit was filed on an urgency ticket and they are waiting for a hearing date to be fixed. Assisting Sivanesan are lawyers M. Manoharan, R.Kengdharan, R.Prabakaran, K.Ramu and M.Kulasegaran.
Last Friday (Dec 1, 2006), the Shah Alam Syariah High Court had issued an ex-parte order to release Rayappan's body to the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (MAIS) to be buried according to Muslim rites as he had converted in 1990.
MAIS however could only claim the body today after it obtained an endorsement from the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court. Sivanesan told reporters a lawyer from JAIS sent him a letter this morning requesting Rayappan's next-of-kin to appear at the Shah Alam Syariah High Court inter-parte proceeding to give evidence and that he gave them details of the deceased's relatives for them to issue a subpoena.
The letter said that in the interest of fairness and "as per instruction", the department also wanted Rayappan's family members to prepare affidavits to be presented to the court at the hearing scheduled this afternoon. Sivanesan said he replied by fax stating Rayappan's family members were not Muslims and that they would not appear before the Syariah court and submit to its jurisdiction. However, it is learnt the hearing was later postponed to tomorrow. He also notified JAIS that Rayappan's body be handed over to his lawful wife forthwith and also for the department not to cause any disturbance in the handing over of Rayappan's body to Lourdes Mary. Sivanesan added they did not name JAIS as party to the suit as Rayappan's family felt that it had nothing to do with the issue as Rayappan is not a Muslim. During the filing of the suit, a number of DAP MPs were present. Sivanesan said Parliamentary opposition leader Lim Kit Siang will raise Rayappan's case in parliament. Speaking to reporters later, Lim said the amendment to Article 121A of the Federal Constitution, which was amended in 1988, had caused injustice as the matter was not properly and fully debated before it was passed. He said there was no opportunity for Opposition MPs to debate the matter as they were held under ISA during Operation Lalang. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, meanwhile, said the civil courts should not deny the fundamental rights of a citizen for his/her case to be heard. "The rights of the non-Muslims will be under siege if the government succumbs to the orders issued by the Syariah Courts," added Guan Eng. Rayappan's widow, Lourdes Mary, who is suffering from breast cancer, her 45-year-old daughter, Mary, and other family members and relatives were also present. The High Court fixed next Monday (Dec 11, 2006) for the hearing.
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Amend Article 121 (1A): Kit Siang; B. Suresh Ram, SUN
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 5, 2006): Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang urged the weekly Cabinet meeting tomorrow to consider amending Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution to rectify the injustices arising from cases such as that of A. Rayappan and M. Moorthy. "Such injustices were never intended when Parliament enacted the constitutional amendments (to the article) in 1988," he said in a statement relased in the Parliament lobby today. Lim urged the Cabinet to initiate a consultation to review Article 121 (1A) to ensure that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion - enshrined in Article 11 - is given its full and proper meaning and safeguards.
He said Malaysia's international reputation as a model multi-religious nation will not be enhanced by another dispute such as Rayappan's where his widow, M. Lourdes Mary, is in a legal tussle with the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council, to bury him. "Umno Youth leader Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and other Umno leadersare wrong when they claim that Article 121 (1A) is part of the Merdeka Social Contract' and cannot be questioned, as Article 121 (1A) was a constitutional amendment adopted by Parliament 31 years after Merdeka," he said. "Furthermore, there was no proper consultation on the amendment to Article 121 (1A) before it was passed in 1988," he added.
Lim said the constitutional amendment, which was debated for two days in March 1988, was passed at a time of national crisis when the principle of separation of powers was under attack, judges were threatened with impeachment, and seven DAP MPs detained under the Internal Security Act during Operation Lalang. "This was why Karpal Singh, Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Lim Guan Eng, Lau Dak Kee, the late P. Patto and V. David, and I did not take part in the parliamentary debate in March 1988," he said.In Petaling Jaya, the chairman of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, Bishop Paul Tan, called on the government to urgently enact laws that protect and ensure justice for non-Muslims, especially those who wish to revert to their original religion after they have renounced Islam. "We call on all parties in the Rayappan case to respect the professed faith of the deceased," he said in a statement.
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I have to perform the last rites, as his lawful wife ...
R.Surenthira Kumar Updated: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1, 2006): Cancer stricken widow M.Lourdes Mary, 65, says: "I have to perform the last rites, as his lawful wife and not let some strangers snatch away his body." While she is losing sleep and mourning the death of her husband, Rayappan Anthony, 71, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) is obtaining a Syariah Court order to claim the body at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary. Rayappan, who died on Wednesday (Nov 29) in the hospital due to prolonged illness, had in 1990 embraced Islam to marry a Muslim. However, Rayappan made a statutory declaration with a Commissioner of Oaths in 1999 to renounce Islam and return to Christianity. The documents, prepared by a lawyer and executed by the Commissioner of Oaths, were submitted to the National Registration Department which accepted the
declaration and reinstated Rayappan's religious status to Christianity. Speaking to reporters in lawyer A.Sivanesan office in Brickfileds this afternoon, a sobbing Lourdes Mary fears the outcome if JAIS get the order it wants from the Syariah Court. "I am a Roman Catholic. My husband was born a Roman Catholic," she added. Sivanesan said the Rayappan's grief-stricken family is going all out to
claim the body for the proper burial rites. "JAIS officials have been very secretive about the documents they had in their possession on the status of Rayappan's religion. After many attempts to reach JAIS officials, I managed to speak to Ustaz Anuar Hamzah Tohir, who told me I will be informed once they obtain the court order. "Together with my co-counsel M.Manoharan, we will file an injunction to
restrain Rayappan's body from being buried and for it to be released to
Rayappan's family. "We will file the papers on Monday (Dec 4) on a certificate of urgency," hesaid. Sivanesan said even if JAIS succeeds to calim the body today and bury it, "we will apply for a court order to exhume the body and hand it over to Rayappan's family. "We have the latest documents to prove that Rayappan, who had embraced Islam in 1990, had renounced the religion on May 10, 1999, through a statutory declaration," he added. Manoharan said the MyKad details, stating Rayappan's religion as Christian, are prima-facie evidence and adequate proof of his faith before his demise. "The act of emerging to claim the the rights to bury the dead must stop," he said, adding that Rayappan, prior to his death, had been attending church services with Sivanesan said a letter has been faxed to HKL, restraining them from releasing Rayappan's body because being a government body, they are not bound to comply with the orders of a Syariah Court. It is learnt that JAIS officials are believed to have obtained the order
from the Syariah Court. However, a check at at HKL showed that the body had yet to be released.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1, 2006): A tussle between the family of a dead man and the Selangor Religious Department (JAIS) at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary came to a deadlock yesterday when both parties did not reach a
decision on who had the right to the remains of the man, who had embraced
Islam but had, years later, renounced the religion. The grief-stricken family members suffered a second blow when JAIS officers told them that 71-year-old Rayappan Anthony, who died on Wednesday at KLH following prolonged illness, was a Muslim and restrained them from claiming his body. "He was calling out the name of Jesus in his death bed. He never observed the Muslim way of life as he consumed pork and alcohol and had never fasted. He went to church and had even received Holy Communion from a priest days before his death," said Rayappan's daughter Jeya Mary. "Now, after all these years of caring for him, why has JAIS turned up at this painful moment to take away the body of my father, who is no longer a Muslim. Where is the justice?" Rayappan's family admitted that he was born a Roman Catholic and had six children from his Christian marriage, but had converted to Islam in 1990 when he married a Muslim woman. The children said they were not aware of their father's Muslim status until he returned to them for good eight years later. Lawyer A. Sivanesan, who is representing the family, said Rayappan, who was known as Muhammad Rayappan Abdullah after the conversion, had made a statutory declaration with a commissioner of oaths in 1999, stating his wish to renounce Islam and return to Christianity. He said the documents, which were prepared by a lawyer and executed by the commissioner of oaths, were submitted to the National Registration Department (NRD), which accepted the declaration and reinstated Rayappan's religious status to Christianity. "When we showed the JAIS officers the MyKad, they told us, Ôitu MyKad boleh koyak dan buang' (that MyKad you can tear it up and throw it away). "They said the details in it are invalid," said Jeya. He said the NRD had also issued a MyKad, which stated Rayappan's religion as Christianity. At about yesterday, Sivanesan and the family, and JAIS officers and the Kuala Lumpur Religious Department (Jawi) met at a room in the mortuary to discuss the matter for an hour. Sivanesan said JAIS had only produced a card issued in 2005, which showed that Rayappan was a Muslim, to substantiate their claim. "In 2005, he was leading the life of a Christian. They (JAIS) did not provide or show any other document to say he was a Muslim," he said. Sivanesan also expressed disappointment over the lack of transparency by theJAIS officers, who told him they need not substantiate the dead man's Muslim status with other documents and had the right to claim his body. He said JAIS officer told him they will seek an order from a syariah court early today to claim the body and perform a Muslim burial. Sivanesan said the syariah court should rule in favour of the family as Rayappan had lived as a Christian. He cited the case of Nyonya Tahir, who was born a Muslim but led the life of a Buddhist. After her death earlier this year, the Negri Sembilan syariah court ruled
that she be allowed a burial according to Buddhist rites as she had never
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Chaos At KL Hospital Morgue Over Rights To Body; November 30, 2006
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- Chaos hit the Kuala LumpurHospital's morgue as two parties were adamant that they had the sole right to the body of one, who died at the hospital Wednesday. Rayappan's family members claimed that he was a Christianwhile the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) said that he was a Muslim. Hence, the dispute.
The argument had been going on at the morgue's compound since Wednesday. A.Sivanesan, lawyer to Rayappan's family members, said Rayappan, from Section 19, Shah Alam, embraced Islam on Jan 20 1990 when he married an Indian Muslim woman under his Muslim name, Muhammad Rayappan Abdullah. "But after about eight years of being a Muslim,Rayappan decided to return to his family and applied to renounce the faith," he told reporters at the morgue's compound Thursday.
Sivanesan said Rayappan had made a sworn declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths to renounce Islam but did not submit the letter to Jais until his death Wednesday. He said Rayappan applied to the National Registration Department (NRD) on May 10 1999 to change the particulars in his identity card by submitting his sworn declaration and the department had issued a new MyKad to him under the name of Rayappan Anthony. Sivanesan said he discussed the matter with the Jais officials Thursday morning and submitted all the legal documents from the NRD to them, and the matter would be taken to the Syariah Court Friday.
Meanwhile, Rayappan's daughter, Jayamarie, 42, said her father had stopped living as a Muslim when he returned to his Christian family in 1999. "We hope we can claim the body amicably and our lawyer has given all the documents to Jais," she said. Jais refused to comment when contacted.
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Friday December 1, 2006
Family and Jais fight for custody of van driver’s body
KUALA LUMPUR: The family of a 71-year-old man is challenging the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) for the custody of his body, claiming that he was a Christian and no longer a Muslim.The family acknowledged that he was a Muslim before but claimed he had returned to Christianity seven years ago. Van driver A. Rayappan died of complications from diabetes at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) on Wednesday. When his family wanted to claim his body from the KLH mortuary yesterday, Jais officers, who claimed that Rayappan was still a Muslim, stopped them.Lawyer A. Sivanesan, who accompanied the family to KLH, spoke with the officers but failed to resolve the matter.
“In 1990, Rayappan became a Muslim and his whole family knew about it. But in 1999, he came back to Christianity and has been practising his faith ever since,” the lawyer said.Sivanesan said that in 1999, Rayappan submitted a deed poll to the National Registration Department (NRD) to change his Muslim name back to his original one and it was approved. “There are no arguments. NRD has issued him a MyKad with his original name and therefore acknowledged him as a Christian. He died a Christian and his body should be given to his family,” he said. Sivanesan said Jais officers showed him a statement dated June 2005 that Rayappan’s name was Muhamad Rayappan bin Abdullah and that they had issued him a card, verifying him to be a Muslim. “Why didn’t they issue him the card in 1990 when he first converted?
Why wait until now to show that they have issued him a card last year?” he asked. “The family only wants to point out that he was born a Christian, became a Muslim and then converted back to Christianity. All this was done legally and there is no reason why we cannot claim his body,” said Rayappan’s cousin Deva Sagayam.
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