Girl in conversion controversy to move to new school after CNY

Girl in conversion controversy to move to new school after CNY
Entrance to the school SMK Majakir in Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU: The parents of a 16-year-old schoolgirl who was allegedly involved in a religious conversion will be transferring her and her siblings to another school.

The girl's uncle, Michael Frederick, said her father Jilius Yapoo and his wife had decided that their four children, who were currently in SMK Kinarut, would be transferred to another school after the Chinese New Year holidays.

"They are looking at SMK Majakir in Papar or a school in Kiulu," said Michael, who is the chairman of the Village Security and Development Committee of Kampung Kaiduan, where the family is from.

He said the couple would discuss the matter with their children. The other children are aged between 13 and 15.

Jilius' daughter allegedly converted to Islam at the school without her parents' knowledge or consent.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the girl had expressed her interest in embracing Islam since she was in Year Six.

He added that the police inquiry launched after Jilius lodged a report found that the girl was still a Christian.

Jilius, a rubber tapper, had insisted that his daughter remains a Christian until she is 18, after which she could decide on the faith she wanted to follow.

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