Justice and Fair play for the family of Gan Eng Gor (deceased)
1. Our father was seventy four (74)
years old. He suffered a severe stroke in 2006. He was as
immobilized,bedridden, mentally unsound, cannot speak, partially deaf
and has very poor vision.
2. We transferred him to stay with
one of our brothers in Klang. Our aged mother looked after, bathed
andfed him. She also helped to look after our nephews and nieces.
3. Our father died on 20th Jan 2008.
As Gan Hock Seng (the eldest son) is a member of the family, we informed
him of our father’s death. He was then told us that our father is a
muslim, we were shocked and did not believed him. So we continue to
perform the wake service as our father have never led a muslim life. The
Majlis Agama officers came and attempted to snatch the dead body, all
our family members more shocked and angry, we resisted and strongly
protested against the removal of our father’s body.
4. We obtained his alleged conversion
papers from Majlis Agama the second day.
5. We were advised by our solicitors
that there are serious irregularities in the said conversion papers
especially the Declaration of Conversion into Islam.
a). The declaration was before a
Pegawai Ukhuwah. His rubber stamp was on the paper but that officer did
b). Further there was no signatory at
the certification column.
c). There was an illegal alteration
on the date to 3rd July 2007.
d). The thumb print was questionable
as we are certain that our deceased father was in Klang and not at the
address No. 451, Taman Megaway, 70400 Sikamat, Seremban as stated in the
e). His address stated in the Borang
Perakuan Memeluk Islam is No: 1272, Jalan TBK 6/2, Taman Bkt Kepayang,
70200 Seremban, the residence of the eldest son. We wish to state that
our father has never resided at this address.
f). The Majlis Agama Authorities
claimed that our deceased father made an oral declaration in Arabic
accepting the Muslim faith. Our family has medical confirmations from
three doctors that our father was unable to speak.
g). We were asked to appear before
the Syariah Court Seremban, we believe the Syariah Court is for Muslims
h). We refused to attend at the
Syariah Court on a matter of principle as non-Muslims. We refused to
submit to the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.
i). The Syariah Court made a
unilateral declaration that our father is a Muslim and is to be buried
in accordance to Muslim rites.
j). We filed an application at the
High Court Seremban to adjudicate on the validity, authenticity,
veracity and legality of the conversion paper especially the declaration
of acceptance into Islam.
k). The High Court Seremban dismissed
our application on the ground that he has no jurisdiction to hear this
matter as the subject matter falls within the purview of the Syariah
Court. We beg to differ.
l). We were indeed shocked and
aggrieved at the simplistic way the High Court disposed off this matter.
We only seek justice, fair play and to find out the truth on his alleged
10. The eldest son Gan Hock Seng
converted to Islam years ago. Our father and mother had strenuously
opposed his conversion.
11. This eldest son had allegedly
converted our father without the knowledge of our other and all other
12. Further, the eldest son had NEVER
taken care of him physically and financially. He hardly visited him too.
13. Even if the eldest son had
converted our father, we like to ask :
i). Why is it that he did not take
care of him and brought him to stay in his house to lead a Muslim life?
ii). Why did he allow our father to
continue living in a non‐muslim home in Klang ? Our father had never
prayed and continued eating pork and other non‐halal food. He never
revealed to anyone that he has converted to Islam.
iii). Why he as a Muslim, did not
ensure that our father (if he had been indeed converted) led a Muslim
iv). Why is it that the Agama Islam
authorities did not visit and follow up with our father – the alleged
new convert, after his conversion?
14. We believe we have been unfairly
treated by our eldest brother and the Agama Islam authorities in this
alleged conversion of our father. If there had been a conversion, we
firmly believe that the Agama Islam authorities should have informed all
members of the family. There should not be a fight over the body of dead
person. There should be dignity and respect on the dead person.
15. We hope the PM and the higher ups
in the Islamic Authorities review this case and to ensure that the truth
is unraveled. We hope that all conversions to Islam is fair and
transparent and made known to all the next of kin of the convert.
We Seek Justice,
Fair play and Truth in this matter.