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Lawyer: Mum can convert her kids to Islam

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court was told that a Muslim convert mother has the right to convert her children as she is their guardian.

Lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah, who acted for the Federal Territories Registrar of Muallaf, submitted that the 42-year-old mother had been given custody of the children and nothing could stop her from converting them as she was their guardian.

He was submitting yesterday in the case of a Buddhist businessman whose then estranged wife had unilaterally converted their two children in May 2016. The couple divorced last month and custody was granted to the mot­her, who converted to Islam in December 2015.

In his application filed on June 14, 2016, the children’s father sought leave to initiate a judicial review to quash the conversion of his then eight-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.

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The Star Online