PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Christian leaders continue to hold hope for change after the highest court in Malaysia refused to hear an appeal by four Christians wanting to officially convert out of Islam. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people were asking the Federal Court to have their names and their faith changed on their national identity cards.
On Feb. 27 the five-member panel of the Federal Court unanimously ruled that civil courts had no jurisdiction to decide on apostasy cases. Since the four people are Muslims “on paper” according to an appeals court, they must take their cases back to Sharia (Islamic law) Court for adjudication. (MS)