Widow Cannot Inherit her Son’s Insurance Payout

Widow rejects ‘fairy tale’ offer
By : Sharanjit Singh y

GEORGE TOWN: A woman fighting to inherit an insurance payout left by her son who died after converting to Islam has rejected an undisclosed amount offered to her to settle the case.
The widow’s lawyer, Darshan Singh Khaira, yesterday described the settlement proposal as a “fairy tale offer that just cannot be accepted”.

He said the amount offered to his client, Rukumony Muthiah, 61, was too little.

Darshan said this when the case was brought up before High Court judge John Louis O’Hara.

O’Hara later adjourned the case to March 14 after the parties agreed in chambers to get further instructions from their clients on a counter proposal.
Rukumony, who works as a cleaner, has been involved in a seven-year legal battle to claim her son’s insurance payout.

In her suit, Rukumony named Koperasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Berhad and Amanah Raya Berhad, a government-owned trustee company, as defendants while Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan is acting as an intervener.

Amanah Raya Berhad was represented by Rosmaidar Mustafa while Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar represented the religious council.

Rukumony claimed the co-op had taken out a policy on her son but refused to pay her the RM56,300.

The money has been deposited with Amanah Raya instead.

The co-op claimed that Rukumony cannot inherit the money because, under syariah, a non-Muslim cannot inherit the property of a Muslim.

This is despite Rukumony being named as a beneficiary under a trust deed made by her son before his conversion.

Her son, E. Ragu, was a bachelor and had converted to Islam on Dec 31, 1999. His Muslim name was Mohamed Redzuan Abdullah Ellaippan.

Redzuan was a ranger based at the Wardieburn camp in Setapak before he died on Aug 2, 2000.


Dated : 2008/01/30

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