|Crying for joy - Twelve-year-old Low Bi-Anne, who is caught in a custody battle spanning Malaysia and England, wiping away tears of joy after the Family Court ruled that her mother cannot take her away to London for now|
PUTRAJAYA: She had always been in tears when leaving the courtroom.
But for once, 12-year-old Low Bi-Anne shed tears of joy.
Bi-Anne, who has been home-schooled for fear of being abducted by her mother, said after leaving the Court of Appeal yesterday: “I’m so happy! I can go to school, starting tomorrow. I miss my friends.”
The three-member panel granted an interim stay on the RM400 daily fine slapped on her father Low Swee Siong, as well as an interim stay on the Family Court ruling that allowed her mother, Tan Siew Siew, 37, to take Bi-Anne to Britain.
Low, 40, a real estate consultant, had made six appeals pertaining to a Family Court decision that required him to pay the daily fine for each day he delayed in sending the child to Tan, a restaurant manager in London.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal adjourned the hearing of the six appeals lodged by Low to March 22.
Justice Datin Paduka Zaleha Zahari, who chaired the panel, ordered for the stay to take effect from yesterday until the next hearing date.
“We consider it appropriate to grant an adjournment. The court will notify the respondent (Tan) of the new date,” she said.
The other two panel members were Justices Datuk Azhar Ma’ah and Datuk Clement Allan Skinner.
Tan had failed to send a representative to yesterday’s hearing and the court was hesitant to continue with proceedings as there were doubts as to whether Tan was properly notified.
Lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh, who is holding a watching brief for Bi-Anne, informed the court that on Tuesday, a Kuala Lumpur High Court rejected a leave application to appoint social worker B. Vijayakumari G.A. Pillai, 60, as Bi-Anne’s guardian ad litem (legal guardian). - theStarOnline