PAS rejects claim it is sheltering Indira’s ex-hubby

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

PETALING JAYA: PAS has rubbished a claim that groups linked to the Islamist party have been protecting a Muslim convert who defied a court decision to hand over custody of his daughter to his former wife.

“This is a malicious claim and an attempt to link PAS with extremist activities,” said PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He demanded M Indira Gandhi, the ex-wife of Mohd Riduan who fought a lengthy custody battle following their divorce and the unilateral conversion of their children, to retract her statement yesterday.

She had accused the party and two other groups of helping Riduan in the abduction of her 11-year-old daughter, Prasana Diksa.

In her police report, Indira said Riduan, who abducted Prasana in 2009, was also sheltered by supporters of Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik and southern Thailand separatists.

Earlier, Perlis-based Muslim preacher Zamri Vinoth also questioned the claim, saying many supporters of Naik would also disagree with Riduan for taking Prasana away from her mother.

“If a non-Muslim child converts to Islam,” he said, “her relationship with her mother does not change. In Islam, she is still the mother.

“So I cannot tolerate the act of separating a child from her mother,” Zamri, who is a disciple of the Indian Muslim cleric, told FMT today.

Last year, the Federal Court ruled in favour of Indira when she challenged her three children’s conversion to Islam.

The court said both parents must agree on their children’s conversion to Islam, departing from another court’s decision that either parent can decide on the children’s religion.

The court also ordered the police to locate Riduan and Prasana, and to return the child to Indira.