Mohan Singh given Islamic burial

(Bernama) – After over a month-long tussle for his remains, Mohan Singh, 41, was accorded an Islamic burial today.

Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) public relations officer Rohana Hassan said the body of Mohan, whose Muslim name was Mohammad Hazzery Shah Mohan Abdullah, was brought out of the Sungai Buloh Hospital mortuary at 6pm and taken to his mother's house in Selayang Jaya to give an opportunity to his family members to pay their last respects.

His remains were then buried at the Taman Batu Muda Muslim Cemetry in Batu Caves near here at 9pm, she said when contacted by Bernama.

Mohan, an art director, had converted to Islam on Aug 11, 1992, without the knowledge of his family, leading to a tussle between his family and Mais for his remains after he died on May 25 of a heart attack at his home in Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya.

The Shah Alam Civil High Court today determined that he had indeed converted to Islam and rejected his family’s application to allow him a funeral according to Sikh rites.

The family was allowed to spend 30 minutes with his remains.

The press was barred from the house and security was tight throughout.