Although case lost in Seremban High Court – let 74-yr-old Gan Eng Gor be the last “body-snatching” in Malaysia!

The Cabinet meeting tomorrow must resolve that 74-year-old Gan Eng Gor will be the last “body-snatching” case in Malaysia as it is a standing rebuttal of Malaysia’s boast as a world example of inter-racial co-operation and harmony.

The Cabinet should also decide that the police should not be involved in any “body-snatching” case as public confidence in the police will be adversely affected, on top of the divisive effects of such “body-snatching” incidents on Malaysian nation-building.

The Cabinet decision tomorrow is all the more imperative as the Gor family has lost all avenues of redress in the civil courts, as their application to the Seremban High Court for a declaration that Gor was not a Muslim was dismissed this morning in chambers on the ground that the High Court has no jurisdiction in the matter, as it belonged to the Syariah Court.

This is sad day for Malaysian nation-building and the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s oft-repeated boasts in international conferences of Malaysia as a model of inter-faith co-operation.

I am sure that the founding fathers of this nation, when agreeing to the Merdeka social contract in 1957, would never have imagined that 50 years after nationhood, Malaysia would have regressed to the extent that “body-snatching” has become a nightmare to bedevil inter-racial and inter-religious relations.

I have no doubt that Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tun Sambanthan would have found it completely unthinkable that the nation could be plagued by a problem like “body-snatching” – with the police aiding and abetting the “body-snatchers”.

Enough is enough, and I call on the Cabinet tomorrow to send out a clear and unmistakable message that “body-snatching” is completely detrimental to the process of nation-building in multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious Malaysia and the worst possible advertisement of the nation as “Truly Asia” and a model of inter-faith understanding. The police must be directed that they should never be a party to such disgraceful “body-snatchings” in the country.

In the Gan Eng Gor case, the 74-year-old man was buried as a Muslim last week after his Buddhist family lost a battle with Islamic authorities who said he had converted.

Police seized the body of Gan Eng For, who died a week ago, after his oldest son – himself a Muslim convert – said he had switched to the religion last year.

Other family members said Gan could not have converted because he was senile and paralysed after suffering two strokes.

Gan’s wife and seven other children challenged the claim that the bedridden Gan had made an oral declaration in Arabic to accept Islam, as the family has medical confirmation that the elder Gan was unable to speak after a stroke in 2006. They said the alleged conversion papers were also flawed because they weren’t signed and certified.

All the necessary documentation to rebut the claim that the elder Gan had embraced Islam last year had been put up on the Internet and I urge Ministers particularly from the MCA, Gerakan and MIC to present them in Cabinet for a detailed discussion and a just decision tomorrow.

The Gan family had gone to the MCA for help but the case had been disposed off in a most unsatisfactory and unacceptable manner. It is now up to the four Ministers in the Cabinet to redeem the failure of the MCA to resolve the issue satisfactorily and, together with other fair-minded Ministers, restore justice and fair play to the aggrieved Gan family in Seremban.

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 12:17 am

    For the Buddhists who can only come out with philosophical statements, you aren’t achieving anything or comforting the grieving family(ies). Think of their sorrows and hardships for their loved ones buried somewhere unknown to them.

    Its time to stand up and speak out. Not some middle-way, pacifist, surrender-type comments because there will definitely be more body snatchings to come. You should try and prevent further sorrows.

  2. #2 by alaneth on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 12:18 am

    Sheriff Singh,

    We never support PAS in any manner & I believe PAS will never support the non-Muslims in matters concerning Islam.

    PKR keeps quiet most likely not to offend the majority people in their process of garnering votes.

    Karpal Singh said “Malaysia will be an Islamic Country Over My Dead Body“, but unfortunately we got a dead body situation here – Just vote DAP & nothing will go wrong. If no choice – make Undi Rosak.

  3. #3 by alaneth on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 12:24 am

    The US Dept of State is watching us closely on Religious Freedom annually.

    Don’t believe? Visit these sites: (Malaysia) (World)

    It contains wonderful articles & info on what we don’t know as Malaysians…… which is why I NEVER TRUST Malaysian govt control media!

  4. #4 by iggy on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 3:50 am

    PM LIED about the competitiveness ranking of our country!!
    His latest efforts to bolster support for BN!


  5. #5 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 5:14 am


    There’s nothing wrong with that Report from the U.S. Department of State. It is objective and is used as basis for decisions taken by the U.S. government regarding matters concerning refugees among others.

  6. #6 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 5:18 am

    Not infrequently UMNO Youth would object to what is written in such reports and not too long ago held public demonstrations in front of the U.S. Embassy for what it regarded as interference in the domestic affairs of Malaysia.

  7. #7 by Tickler on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 8:02 am

    JOHOR BARU: Angry parents held a meeting with a school in Taman Daya after their Year Six children were asked to clean the toilets on Friday.
    [ ]
    Parent M. Anbalagan said instead of studying, his son and a group of other Year 6 pupils were washing toilets.
    [ ]
    B. Darshiney, 12, said the activity took place during the Moral Education period.

    “Other students went for their religious class while we went to the toilet,” the girl added.

  8. #8 by k1980 on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 8:19 am

    So that’s the reason why Goh Junior converted Goh Senior!!!

    ….Rukumony cannot inherit the money because, under syariah, a non-Muslim cannot inherit the property of a Muslim. This is despite Rukumony being named as a beneficiary under a trust deed made by her son before his conversion.

  9. #9 by Tickler on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 8:20 am

    Wednesday January 30, 2008
    Settlement is too low, mum of convert tells court
    [ ]
    In her claim, Rukumony said the cooperative had taken out a policy on her son but refused to pay her the RM56,300 and instead deposited it with Amanah Raya.

    The cooperative said that under Syariah Law, Rukumony could not inherit the property of her deceased son because she is a non-Muslim.

  10. #10 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 9:17 am

    k1980 point to the real urgency of this issue. What if this body snatching happened to a Hindu now? Someone saying they are Hindraf leaders send out an SMS and we could see violence in the streets.

    This is nothing less than a systematic failure of our constitution and legal system.

  11. #11 by Malaysian on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 11:27 am


  12. #12 by cheng on soo on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 12:11 pm

    If a non muslim cannot inherit from a muslim relative,then can a muslim inherit from a non muslim relative (say a brother who have no issue etc)??
    Also, why a muslim can receive money etc from non muslim ppl or organization, (eg get scholarship, donation, or employment etc??) What a hipocracy?

  13. #13 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - 3:55 pm

    Only a muslim can inherit from a deceased muslim’s estate. Non-muslims are excluded.

    That’s (Muslim’s) Allah’s law. They have to obey. Syariah Court cannot go against Allah’s law in everything. So for muslims, no problems. Its fair to them. Never mind others.


  14. #14 by melurian on Thursday, 31 January 2008 - 4:41 pm

    “ (Malaysia) (World)”

    nazri will say RUBBISH!!!.

    semuanya ok.

  15. #15 by melurian on Thursday, 31 January 2008 - 4:44 pm

    Heed Pak Lah, Malaysia is multi-racial and religious tolerant country living in peace and harmony.

  16. #16 by kaybeegee on Friday, 1 February 2008 - 7:22 pm

    Can somebody enlighten me. This has got to do with classification of Malayans and later Malaysians by ethnic origin or RACE.
    Before 1957 or Formation of MALAYSIA.

    Race in the birth ceritificate of a child follows the child’s biological father. I was told Eurasian was a race created by the Europeans so that their offsprings did not follow the race of the biological father and they did not want their off springs with Asian women classified as Asian. But children of Asian men and European women are not Eurasians. Follow Biological father”s race.
    Point: PAk Lah’s grandfather was not Malay. Could not have been deemed to be Malay because the Constitution came about in 1957 and where Malay is defined.
    So Pak Lah’s grandfather they say is Chinese. Therefore it follows that a Chinese man’s offspring (pre-definition of Constittutional Malay) should be Chinese irrespective of whether his wife is Malay, Chinese Indian Orang Asli the various races in Indonesia etc.
    It was only after 1957 that those not Malay could claim to be Malay.

    Now take Dr M. They say his father is Indian (albeit Indian Muslim, which is not a race in India). Dr M was born before 1957 before the constitutional definiton of Malay.

    So Pak Lah’s grandfather’s Male descendants follow his race until after 1957?
    And Dr M’s father’s descendants follow his race too?
    And UMNO bigots tell the non Malays to go back to China or India?

  17. #17 by yhsiew on Friday, 7 March 2008 - 3:52 pm

    By Malaysian law, if a person died as a Muslim and had non-Muslim sons or daughters, they would not be able to inherit their father’s wealth and the wealth of the deceased would go to the Islamic authorities. If the deceased was a tycoon or a mogul, the trillion ringgit wealth acquired by the authorities would probably cause the Bumi equity to exceed far in excess of 30% and would seriously upset the equity distribution formula.

    I think our politicians should look into this foreseeable problem and get it solved.

    It is unclear if the sons or daughters could inherit their father’s wealth if they declare to be a Muslim after their father’s death.

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