Only in Malaysia is religion defined as what is written on paper, instead of what an individual believes or professes. We have come to a point where we no longer care about what an individual wants or needs, but choose instead to affix a stamp on every single person. How else can a piece of paper and a court decision decide the religion of a person of age who has declared their faith in another religion.
“Religion is the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or in general a set of beliefs explaining the existence of and giving meaning to the universe, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.”
Seems like belief is no longer an important ingredient to being a Muslim in Malaysia. One is a Muslim if it says so on a piece of paper, be it an IC or some other legal document. Well, I personally have come across many ‘paper’ Muslims in my life – those who consume more pork than I do, drink more than I do and worse.
Our religious authorities need to realise that there is no meaning to forcing someone to be a Muslim if he/she no longer has faith in the religion. Coercion is just going to drive the person even further away from the core tenets of the religion. A more effective method would be to teach, guide and help someone else find religion instead of forcing it down their throats when they do not want to swallow.
My advice to all Malaysians, please triple check the religion of your future spouse – lest one get caught in the quagmire of breeding bastards by law.