After readinga a letter to Malaysiakini, JPN on the look-out for illegitimate Malay children by Dr. Yati Hewitt' and a reply by Joseph Paul in voxpopuli, i think I need to say something about this. This is my reply to Malaysiakini :
Islam rules that any child born out of wedlock cannot use 'Bin' or 'binti' of the husband of the mother. The child must have 'bin Abdullah' in his/her name instead. It is a religious matter, thus the JPN ruling is just following the Islamic rules and applies only to Muslims in this country.
From Dr. Yati Hewitt's letter, there was no mention that the child was denied a birth certificate, but only at the father's name it was written as "bin Abdullah'. If the child was born as early birth, the couple must inform the registration department about it, and if possible a letter from the doctor can be attached.
There is a law that "requires that the parents should be legally married before they can have a child" for Muslims in this country. It is called the Islamic Law and Muslims marriage fall under Islamic law jurisprudence in this country, not civil law.
I feel sad to read comments by non Muslims on this matter published in Malaysiakini as it indicates, there was no efforts from them to check first before making a comment which sometimes can be interpretd as trying to meddle in the Islamic/Muslims affairs.