The Kuala Lumpur High Court has permitted single mother Loh Siew Hong to challenge the unilateral conversion of her three children by her ex-husband.

In granting leave for a judicial leave application, Judge Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh ruled that Loh has crossed the threshold to have the merit of her complaint heard, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

"Her application for leave is not frivolous. Instead, she has an arguable case," the judge reportedly said when delivering his decision in an online proceeding.

For the record, Loh is contesting her ex-husband's move to change the religion of their three underaged children from Hinduism to Islam, without her knowledge and consent, in 2019.

The 34-year-old had named the Registrar of Mualaf, Religious and Malay Customs Council of Perlis, besides Perlis state mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and the Perlis state government as respondents.

In addition, Loh also wants a declaration that her twin daughters and her son are of Hindu faith and were legally incapable of embracing Islam without her consent.

Earlier this year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted Loh's habeas corpus application to recover custody of her three children, from whom she had been separated since 2019.

She was living at a government shelter for domestic abuse victims when her ex-husband Nagashwaran Muniandy took the children and unilaterally converted them to Islam in Perlis.

The children were then left under the care of an Islamic religious NGO in Penang, after Nagashwaran landed in a Kelantan prison for drug-related offences.

Source: FMT, Malay Mail
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