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SUPP Public Complaints Bureau Chief, Wilfred Yap was recently approached for advice and assistance by a woman chinese convert from Kuching seeking to have her conversion to Islam reversed and for her identity card and official record to reflect that she is a buddhist which was her original religion.

The woman had earlier converted to Islam in 1990 in Brunei to enable the registration of her marriage to a Muslim man from Sabah.  However the marriage fell apart in 1993 and they divorced without any children.

The woman subsequently returned to Kuching and got married to a Chinese man in 1996 which marriage was duly registered and a marriage certificate issued. There were four children born out of this marriage to the Chinese man who was a Buddhist.

The problem facing this woman is that the birth certificate of her two youngest children does not have the name of their Chinese father and their religion is stated as Islam and she is desirous to have the birth certificates of her two children rectified to include the name of their biological father and his surname.

The woman had on many occasions tried unsuccessfully to obtain a letter of her release from Islam, a document required by the National Registration Department to amend her religious status in the official records.

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau will continue to highlight and try to resolve issues of public interest affecting the community and is always ready to lend a helping hand to the anyone facing  problems or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it. Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.

[Photo showing SUPP PCB Chief Wilfred Yap listening to the predicament of the chinese woman wanting to have her religion status changed back to “Buddha”)

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