KOTA BARU - Fugitive Muslim convert Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, against whom the Ipoh High Court has issued a warrant of arrest, is appealing for donations to pay for legal costs.
According to a Harakah Daily report Wednesday, Mohd Ridzuan, 45, said he was unemployed and did not have the money to engage a lawyer to fight his case at the Court of Appeal.
He was interviewed by the PAS news organ at an undisclosed location here.
Mohd Ridzuan, who was known as K. Pathmanathan before he converted to Islam in 2009, said he yearned for his two other children, Karan Dinish, 16, and Tevi Darsiny, 17, whom he converted to Islam five years ago.
The two children are now under the custody of his estranged former wife M. Indira Gandhi.
According to the report, Mohd Ridzuan claimed that both Karan (Abu Bakar) and Tevi (Ummu Salamah) wanted to be with him and their youngest sibling Prasana Diksa, six, who is now staying with him.
"The last time I met them in Ipoh, they asked me why I did not take them away to be with their youngest sibling.
"I feel a sense of emptiness and long to be with my children," he said.
The Ipoh Syariah High Court, on Sept 29, 2009, granted custody of the couple's three children to the father, who had converted to Islam.
However, the Ipoh High Court, on March 11, 2010, allowed the children to be under the care of Indira Gandhi with once-a-week access given to the father, but the youngest child was not returned to the mother.
The same court, on May 30 this year, ordered the police to get Prasana Diksa (Umu Habibah) from Mohd Ridzuan to be handed over to his former wife.
Mohd Ridzuan went into hiding after the court issued the warrant of arrest.