After years of appealing, a woman who was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother, has been declared a non-Muslim by the Federal Court ruling, The Star reported.
This followed by a nine-person Federal Court bench chaired by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who said the plaintiff, Rosliza Ibrahim, has succeeded in making her claims on a balance of probabilities that she was never a Muslim since birth.
“The concurrent categorisation by the courts below (the High Court and the Court of Appeal) of the plaintiff’s case as a renunciation case is not correct in fact and in law. This is an ab initio case,” Tengku Maimun said.
In April 2017, the High Court dismissed her appeal for a declaration that she was born out of wedlock to a Buddhist mother and a Muslim father based on her lack of evidence.
This year on 20 January, the Federal Court granted Rosliza’s application for leave to appeal on two legal questions for determination by the Federal Court.