Yet another Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia. By Julia Zappei for AP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) “” An ethnic Chinese man received a Muslim burial after a court ruled against the wishes of most of his family members, who maintained Friday he never converted to Islam.
An Islamic Shariah High Court in the central Negeri Sembilan state ruled Thursday that Gan Eng Gor, 74, also identified in court documents as Amir Gan Abdullah, was a Muslim and should be buried according to Islamic rites. The burial took place late Thursday.
The dispute was the latest in an increasing number of interfaith conflicts that have raised tensions in multiethnic Malaysia, where minority non-Muslims feel their religious rights are under threat. […]
The dead man’s body was seized by police after a complaint by his eldest son, Abdul Rahman Gan, a Muslim convert. He claimed his father had changed his religion from Buddhism to Islam last July.
The rest of the family claimed otherwise, and the case was sent to the Shariah High Court.
The court’s judge, Mohamad Nadzri Abdul Rahman, told The Associated Press he ruled in favor of the eldest son because the father’s wife and seven other children, who had disputed the conversion, were not in court Thursday and he couldn’t hear their arguments.
Gan Hock Sin, one of the sons of the dead man, said the family didn’t go to the Shariah court because they felt it was unfair that the case was heard there.
“It’s not fair for us. I don’t know how they say he converted. My father couldn’t even talk (before his death),” Gan told the AP.
“Unfortunately we feel the way they do (these conversions) is not fair for non-Muslim people. The government should be more transparent,” he said….