Kuala Lumpur, Mar 7: A 60-year-old man, who was raised as a Christian but has a Muslim father, was declared non-Muslim by the local Sharia court.
Mohammad Shah, who was baptised as Gilbert Freeman, carried a Malay name on his identity card. He had sent a plea to the court to remove the incorrect name.
However, the application was rejected by judge Mohd Nadzri Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, who was satisfied and did not have any doubts that Shah was a non-Muslim before.
"I believe a name does not reveal a person''s religion, although it normally provides a picture of someone''s religion," the NST online quoted Nadzri, as saying.