30 January, 2008

Malaysia Sucks 2

Malaysian Hindu woman in legal battle over dead Muslim son's insurance claims.

A Hindu woman has spurned an offer by Malaysia's Islamic authorities to settle a dispute over her dead Muslim son's insurance policy, a lawyer said Wednesday, in a case that highlights growing conflicts over religious rights.

The Federal Territory Islamic Council offered Tuesday to give Rukumony Muthiah two-thirds of the 56,300 ringgit (US$17,400; euro11,800) death insurance of her son, an army ranger and Muslim convert who died in 2000, her lawyer, Darshan Singh Khaira, said.

In his insurance policy, Rukumony's son, Ragu Ellaiappan, whose Muslim name was Mohamed Redzuan Abdullah, named Rukumony as his beneficiary, Darshan said.

But Islamic authorities have argued in court that under the country's religious laws for Muslims, a non-Muslim cannot claim inheritance from a Muslim, he said.


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