PRESS RELEASE | Date: 3rd April 2019 | MALAYSIAN GURDWARAS COUNCIL |
The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) is appalled at the circumstances surrounding the purported conversion of Surinder Kaur Bedi to Islam at about 5.00 AM on 1/4/2019 and calls for an Enquiry into the matter.
The facts show that Surinder Kaur was hit with a crash helmet on the head several times by a male man on 30/3/2019 at about 11.50 PM at Persiaran Bayan Indah Pulau Pinang. Surinder Kaur was taken in a critical and unconscious state to the Penang Hospital. There the doctor on duty at the Emergency Department Dr. Geetha told the Police that the chances of survival of Surinder Kaur was 50:50 and that the victim was in an unconscious state. Surinder Kaur died at the Hospital about 5.00 AM on 1/4/2019, that is about 27 hours after admission. One Imran Khan Mohamad Qurban Ali (Muslim convert) lodged a Police Report claiming that Surinder Kaur was his sister and that she had “memeluk Agama Islam sebelum meninggal dunia disaksikan oleh saya dan ibu saya”.
Imran Khan’s Police Report and his version are from the same source, that is himself. His version is very doubtful as the following show.
(i) Surinder Kaur was taken in unconscious state to the Penang Hospital where the doctor on duty told Police that Surinder Kaur was in critical condition and unconscious and her chance of survival was 50:50.
(ii) Surinder Kaur was in an unconscious state in the Emergency section and how could Imran Khan get assess to see her at 5.00 AM.
(iii) Conversion before she died at 5.00 AM would be almost impossible as she would be probably drawing her last breaths. Further in an unconscious state how could she have uttered the “Kalimah Syahadah”.
The Penang Mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor has issued a letter allowing Muslim Burial for Surinder Kaur. The Penang Mufti’s action is in error and sets a dangerous precedent as follows:
i) Under Penang Islamic Administration Enactment 2004, a person can only be converted to Islam if he or she is “of sound mind” and voluntarily done. Here the evidence was that Surinder Kaur was in critical condition and unconscious before her purported conversion.
ii) Surinder Kaur could not have uttered the “Kalimah Syahadah” in her unconscious state.
iii) The Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAIPP) keeps a Registry of all converts to Islam. It has confirmed that the name of deceased Surinder Kaur is not found in the Registry of converts.
iv) The Identity Card of Surinder Kaur lists her as a Sikh.
In view of the above, it is abundantly clear that the purported conversion of Surinder Kaur is based on the unverified claim of one person Imran Khan. He could have been motivated for considerations of personal benefit in making such a claim.
MGC is thus demanding a thorough investigation into this matter to unearth the truth.
i. The Penang Mufti must come up with proper proof of Surinder Kaur’s conversion to Islam.
ii. A declaration by the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department that Surinder Kaur was or was not a Muslim according to their records.
iii. To ascertain the State of mind of Surinder Kaur before her death. For this purpose, the Doctor who attended to her must state whether she was conscious and capable of reciting the “Kalimah Syahadah”.
iv. Whether Imran Khan and mother were present in the Hospital and at the bedside of Surinder Kaur before her death.
In conclusion, MGC wishes to state that its aim is to ascertain the truth as to Surinder Kaur’s conversion. The MGC represents the Sikh religion in Malaysia. Thus, it is obliged to ascertain the validity of the above purported conversion to Islam. If a transparent enquiry confirms the conversion of Surinder Kaur to Islam as valid, then MGC will have no further issue in the matter.
President, Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC)
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