Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Seeking Shelter in Thailand


I went out with a friend and his wife for dinner yesterday in Penang. My friend works for a multinational company in Bayan Lepas. He related to me the plight of his ex-colleague, a Punjabi, who married a Muslim Malay wife.

Since, conversion to Islam is not his choice he had to move to Thailand together with his wife. With the verdict out on Lina Joy, the couple may not set their feet on Malaysia again fearing prosecution by the Muslim religious bodies.

Thailand, a Buddhist majority country, in a way is providing a safe haven for a Muslim and non-Muslim couple. How many more couples are facing similar fate?

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