Beginda Minda, father of the 10-year-old pupil who was recently caned for bringing pork to school, has denied that he is a Muslim.
“I admit I was a Muslim before. But in 1999, I changed my religion. Now I am a non-Muslim,” Beginda said yesterday.
The status of his religion had been brought to the forefront since the caning incident.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said the Government had asked Jakim to investigate the religious status of Beginda.
“Only after this can conclusions be drawn on why his son was caned,” said the minister.
Debates and arguments in Parliament over the last two days had centred on whether or not his son Basil — raised by a Christian mother — was also Muslim.
Beginda stressed that his son was not a Muslim.
Imagine that: Malaysian Parliament has been debating over the religion of a child because he brought pork to school!
The problems are two of course: first, the father has left Islam, so he is an apostate. Secondly, the boy has been educated by his Christian mother. For the rest of us, the answer is simple: educated as a Christian, he is a Christian, so he can eat whatever he wants. But these guys spend Parliament’s sessions debating about it, because is legal to be an apostate? Or some other very boring question, that in the end, is just something private, related to his conscience.