I am now officially an Ex-Muslim in Singapore.
But I still cannot shake off the ludicrousness of having to pay $20 dollars for this piece of paper, maybe I’m just kiasu like that but I believe if there is some kind of organization for Muslims that they should be the ones to pay the $20 and register themselves to show their devotion to the faith, not vice versa.
Honestly this obsession of registering Muslims as babies needs to end, especially in Singapore where we claim to be a secular country and another thing, Civil laws need to prevail over religious laws, which is not the case for Muslims in Singapore as I was briefed during my interview that in terms of Sharia, I will be excluded from Faraid (Islamic Inheritance law), I will not have any claims over my inheritance.
In hindsight, many will not have a problem with this, under the assumption that an Ex-Muslim won’t have a good relationship with their parents, which isn’t always the case. What if the parent is actually accepting of their ex-muslim child and wishes to give their child all the assets after passing on?
Faraid laws not only hinders ex-Muslims like myself but female beneficiaries as they are only entitled to half of what their male siblings are entitled to.
So unless you have living siblings and you’re on good terms with them and they promise to split your parents Inheritance with you evenly or have supportive parents who will pass on their assets to you before they leave this earth, I don’t suggest renouncing your faith officially.
I know what you’re saying, it’s blackmail. And it is.
But I’ve made the choice to stand against it and renounce it officially to become a part of the 0.4% of Malays who are not Muslims, if you are in a good position to do it, please consider renouncing. However if the odds are against you, I fully understand your reluctance to do so.
And now it’s about time we have an honest and open dialogue about Islamic Law in Singapore. And decide once and for all, is Singapore a Secular Country or only Secular if you’re not Muslim?
– If you do plan to renounce, please give MUIS a call @63591199 to arrange for an appointment.
– Once you’ve set the date, head down to the Supreme Court, ask the counter for the Statutory Declarations office to take your oath and swear in front of the Court witness that you’re renouncing your faith in Islam where they will then give you your statutory declaration letter, no appointment is needed for this.
– Bring this letter down to MUIS at Braddell, where a representative for MUIS will give you a brief interview and inform you of the implications of renouncing your faith, you may also use this opportunity to bring up questions pertaining to apostasy.
– After this step, the rep will then ask you to sign a letter to confirm that you’ve been interviewed and understand your choice to leave, they will then present you with the letter below acknowledging you are no longer Muslim and your name will be removed from their Database.