KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 – The High Court today issued an order prohibiting all major media outlets and social media platforms from exposing and publishing the names and photos of single mother, Loh Siew Hong’s three children in from today.
Judicial Commissioner Evrol Mariette Peters made the decision after lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla representing the Malay Islamic Religious and Customs Council of Perlis (MAIPs) verbally requested that the children’s identities and photos not be exposed in order to protect them.
Mohamed Haniff when contacted said the handling of today’s case was also followed by two other lawyers representing MAIPs, Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Aidil Khalid, while Loh was represented by Sri Murugan and Dr. Shamsher Singh Thind.
He said that with the court order, it was hoped the media would cooperate and not expose the children’s photo, names and identities in their reporting.
“The court has also set the hearing date for MAIP’s request to intervene in the divorce petition between Loh and Muhammad Nagahswaran Muniandy (who converted to Islam with their three children), for April 29 at 10:30 a.m.,” he said.
In the divorce petition, Loh, 34, was granted sole custody, care and control of their three children, aged 10 and 14.
MAIPs filed the application to intervene on March 7 seeking standing to seek a variation of the terms of the sole custody order granted to Loh on the grounds that because the children had converted to Islam and registered in Perlis, MAIPs were responsible for ensuring that they obtained access to rights as new converts.
The MAIPs claimed that despite being in Loh’s care, the children can be seen expressing a desire through their actions to remain in Islam and still practice the religion.
On February 21, the three siblings who were in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare were released to Loh after the High Court cleared the habeas corpus application she had filed.
In its Notice of Motion, filed through Messrs. SS Thind on February 13, Loh named Nazirah Nanthakumari Abdullah as first defendant and an unnamed party she claimed to have her three children as second defendant.
Loh seeks a writ of habeas corpus or other appropriate court orders to compel the immediate release of the children from the respondents’ private custody and to have the children returned to him. — Bernama