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Court of Appeal dismisses convert's bid to keep son

Posted: 27 May 2014 08:13 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: Muslim convert N. Viran (Muslim name Izwan Abdullah) has to return his six-year-old son from a marriage to a Hindu woman to his mother S. Deepa.

This follows the Court of Appeal's dismissal of Izwan's application to stay the Seremban High Court order which had given custody of the two children to Deepa.

The three-member panel of Justices Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, Aziah Ali and Lim Yee Lan, unanimously held that the court did not find any special circumstances in the present case to grant the application.

Mohd Hishamudin said the conduct of the applicant (Izwan) in violating the order of the High Court dated April 7, 2014, had precluded him from making the application.

 "Therefore, the application is dismissed with costs," he said, adding that as agreed by both parties the court ordered the applicant to pay RM8,000 in costs to the respondent (Deepa).

Later, when asked on the court ruling, Izwan's counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told reporters he would inform his client on the court order.

Haniff added that the next course of action would depend on Izwan's instructions.

In the application, Izwan had sought to stay the High Court ruling pending hearing of the appeal proper. However, the date for the hearing of the appeal was not fixed.

He had filed the appeal to challenge the decision of High Court Judge Zabariah Mohd Yusof.

Zabariah had allowed Deepa's application for an order of custody of their son, Mithran and nine-old-year daughter, Sharmila, and had allowed Izwan weekly visits.

She also allowed Deepa's application to dissolve her civil marriage as the husband had converted to Islam.

The couple got married in March 2003.  Izwan, who became a Muslim in 2011, converted the children without his wife's knowledge in the same year.

Izwan subsequently obtained an order for the custody, care and control of the children from the Seremban Syariah Court.

Deepa's lawyer, K. Shanmuga said the High Court granted custody of the children to the mother after the judge had interviewed them.

Shanmuga said the husband had forcibly taken Mithran away from the mother two days after the court ruling on April 9, adding Irwan had also breached a May 21 Recovery Order for him to return the son.

 "Though a copy of the order had been served on his solicitors and on the police, Deepa had not received her son," added Shanmuga. - Bernama

Malaysia's unemployment rate down to 3pc in March

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:46 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's unemployment rate decreased to three per cent in March this year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in expressing his appreciation to all those who had ensured that the marketplace for jobs in Malaysia was always stable, said in his Twitter update:

"I thank all sectors for working hard to maintain our job market's stability."

Najib said this in reference to the Malaysian Labour Force Statistics monthly release for March 2014 which cited that the unemployment rate in Malaysia was 3.0 per cent in March 2014, down 0.2 per cent from the 3.2 per cent in the previous month.

According to the report that was released Tuesday, as of March 2014, the Malaysian labour force was 13,843,500, with 13,427,800 employed and 415,700 unemployed.

Perkasa: Dyana's mum shouldn't have kept mum

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:19 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The Malay right wing group Perkasa has spoken out regarding the departure of Yammy Samat, the mother of DAP's Teluk Intan candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, saying that it was sad she had taken so long to admit she was part of Perkasa's leadership.

In a press statement, Perkasa's secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said this delay had made her daughter's campaign more difficult. 

"It is sad for us to see Malays forced to lie about being associated with Perkasa because they want Chinese votes. Isn't it honest to be frank and clear and speak the truth? Muslims must speak the truth, not admit when they are exposed. She hasn't been elected yet and is already lying to the rakyat," said Syed Hassan.

He said that up to now, Perkasa had not received any letter or notification from Yammy that she was leaving the non-governmental organisation. 

"Whatever reason she has for leaving Perkasa, it is no problem to us. Every day we process membership cards for 250 new members, so what is the big deal if one or two leave," he added. 

Syed Hassan said Perkasa would feel sadness and a sense of loss if a real leader who had sacrificed all for the Malay race without care for personal gain, one willing to be mocked by other races for defending Malay rights wished to leave Perkasa.

"We thank Yammy for having been with Perkasa's central leadership, and for all the effort and time she has contributed while being with Perkasa," said Syed Hassan.

On Tuesday, Yammy had said she was quitting the group after being questioned repeatedly on her links with them during a press conference in Teluk Intan.

Yammy said she no longer agree with Perkasa's stance after they began veering into politics.

"I joined them as a non-governmental group to help the Malays.

"But after its establishment, it ran from its intention so I left," she said, adding that it was officially over now.

"I felt there were other ways to go into politics to help the Malays," she added.


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