Oleh FAIROL REDZA ISMAEL ALABAS
PULAU PINANG 8 Mei - Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah di sini hari ini membenarkan permohonan Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah @ Tan Abdullah, 39, untuk mendapatkan pengisytiharan keluar daripada agama Islam (murtad).
Friday May 9, 2008, By PRISCILLA DIELENBERG
Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah @ Tan Ean Huang with her counsel Ahmad Jailani Abdul Ghani after the court decision allowing her to renounce Islam.
George Town, THURS:
The Syariah High Court in Penang has delivered a landmark decision allowing a Chinese convert to renounce Islam and revert back to her Buddhist faith.
Syarie High Court judge Othman Ibrahim said the court had no choice but to declare Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah no longer a Muslim as she had never practised the teachings of Islam.
Siti Fatimah, who is from Nibong Tebal, is a Chinese by birth. She filed the application in May last year. In her affidavit to renounce the religion, Siti Fatimah, whose Chinese name is Tan Ean Huang, said she converted to Islam in July 1998.
However she never practised any of the Islamic teachings and claimed that she had converted for the sake of marrying an Iranian named Ferdoun Ashanian in 1999, but he left her a few months later. She has no knowledge of his current whereabouts.There was pin drop silence as Othman delivered the decision.