According to BERNAMA: Malaysian Premier, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on January 24, 2006, the ruling by the Seremban Syariah High Court that Nyonya Tahir was a non-Muslim showed that the Islamic court system was fair and just.
The fact that the court also allowed the immediate family to attend court proceedings was also consistent with the truth and justice tenets propagated by Islam.
“In the earlier case of Mount Everest climber M. Moorthy alias Mohammad Abdullah, the people had the impression that the doors were shut to non-Muslims, but the opposite took place in Seremban where their statements were presented to court. This goes to prove that there is justice in the Syariah courts and that those involved did not just shut their eyes and disregard the facts of the case,” said Abdullah .
Abdullah was commenting on the court decision of Nyonya Tahir, 89 who died of natural causes that sparked a controversy when her family wanted to inter her as a Buddhist while she had been registered as Malay of the Muslim faith.