Azalina reiterates that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law in Malaysia after custody of unilaterally converted children was granted to a Hindu mother | Malaysia

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Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said is pictured at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on July 28, 2021. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 22 – Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman defended Loh Siew Hong today, saying the Hindu single mother and her three children must be protected by the laws of the land.

The former de facto justice minister tweeted that the Federal Constitution remains supreme law in Malaysia and urged the public to respect the High Court’s decision to award her custody of the children, who had been unilaterally converted.

“Loh and her children have the absolute right to be protected by Malaysian law. The rule of law is important, no authority is above the law.

“The Federal Constitution is the supreme law of our country and the interpretations of the Federal Court are part of the Constitution. If we continue to ignore the rule of law, disruption will ensue,” she wrote.

Azalina also mentioned a report from The star citing Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) which welcomed the High Court’s decision to allow the habeas corpus petition of a mother separated from her three children since 2019.

Suhakam Commissioner for Children’s Affairs, Professor Datuk Noor Aziah Mohd Awal said the court further ordered that the three children who are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare be released into custody, under the sole care and control of the mother.

Yesterday, Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah ruled that Loh’s sole custody of her children, awarded twice in 2019 and 2021, was still valid and enforceable.

Loh’s children were taken from her in 2019 while she was hospitalized with injuries she says were inflicted by her former husband, Nagashwaran Muniandy, who has since converted to Islam, then secretly converted the couple’s children and they were taken to Perlis.

In December 2019, she was granted interim custody of her children pending divorce, but her trial was delayed when the country entered Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020; she was eventually granted an order granting him full and sole custody in March 2021.

The mother was unable to take control of her children although the court in December 2019 and March 2021 awarded the mother full custody.

Mufti of Perlis Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, however, said he would seek legal avenues to ensure that the children’s unilateral conversion to Islam would not be reversed.

Along with him, Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Ahmad Marzuk Shaary insisted that the unilateral conversion is legal and valid despite a previous Federal Court ruling that the Constitution requires both parents to consent to a conversion.

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