Now, they're trying to snatch hers
Lulu was reading up old MGG Pillai's postings on Sangkancil, and came across this.
But did you know 9 years ago, they snatched her from him?
Toh Puan Bunny Suffian, 80, died of cancer at the General Hospitalin Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, and was to have been cremated yesterday. But her husband, Tun Mohamed Suffian, also 80, retiredLord President of Malaysia, could not recover her body as his brother had staked a claim and wanted her buried according to Islamic rights.Toh Puan Bunny remained both a British subject and a Christian after their marriage in London in 1946. At no time during the past 51years was this challenged.
But it was on her death. The Attorney-General intervened. He agreed with three witnesses who claimed she recited the Muslim declaration of faith (shahadat) at her death-bed, and that madeher a Muslim; and her brother-in-law took her body to KualaKangsar for burial. Tun Suffian was never asked for his views, but this is not required under Muslim law in Malaysia. He did not attend the funeral.
source : http://malaysia.net/lists/sangkancil/1997-10/
even then, MGG Pillai highlighted the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He writes :
Islamic and religious bodies seize corposes of those they believe had converted, and bury them according to Muslim rites; and unearth bodies in Christian cemetries to bury them as Muslims, sometimes months later.
In an orbituary of him written in the Guardian, Tun Suffian was described as
... private man completely devoted to his wife, Bunny, whom he married, after they met in Cambridge, in 1941 that her death in 1997 devastated him in more ways than one: when she died, the Islamic authorities denied her, a lifelong Christian, the cremation she wanted, and forcibly taken to Kuala Kangsar and buried under Islamic rites in the Moslem cemetry there.
Welcome to Malaysia, where Invasion of the Body Snatchers is more than just a movie.