Single mother Loh Siew Hong said she is willing to convert to Islam if she can reunite with her 3 children whom were separated from her for the past 3 years.
Her children who had been under the care of a Penang-based Islamic NGO during that time had recently been placed in a children’s home in Kedah. They are currently under the care of the Perlis Welfare Department, which acts as a neutral party waiting for a habeas corpus application.
On 21 February, Loh made an application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for the children to be officially handed back to her. Loh had also obtained full custody of her children in March 2020.
In a press conference held with Tamilar Kural Malaysia president David Marshel on 16 February, Loh said her children told her to convert when she met up with them recently for the first time in three years.
“I told my children that I don’t mind, I will become a Muslim as long as they can come home with me.”
Just a day before (15 February), Loh tried to meet with her children again but was denied the opportunity as the welfare department claimed that it is not safe due to the rising Covid-19 cases.
Loh was disappointed as she were not able to visit them despite being their mother and having sole custodial rights to the children.
Surprisingly, the Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin can spend time with her kids.
Many had stood up for Loh, saying that how this is unfair to Loh.
Meanwhile, Loh was assisted by politicians such as Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy and Bagan Dalam assemblyperson Satees Muniandy.
How it started?
Loh divorced her ex-husband who physically abused her in March 2019. She was hospitalised due to the injuries she suffered.
However, Loh soon found out that her ex-husband had taken their kids without her knowledge and hid them after she was discharged from the hospital.
After spending 9 long months in search of her kids, she finally lodged a police report. Her ex-husband was eventually arrested and sent to jail in Kelantan, but even then she could not locate her kids.
Loh later found that her children were with an Islamic NGO that caters to Muslim converts and were converted while under the care of the NGO.
Initially, the NGO refused to let Loh and her children reunite but relented after Loh made a police report.