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Season 2, Episode 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ada bukit, ada paya - Malay proverb (Where there are hills, there are swamps.)

Page 1, Panel A
TEXT BOX 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 19, 2021

From the back inside an Islamic court, an Indian man dressed in a kurta and an Indian woman wearing a hijab stand behind tables on opposing sides of the room.

JUDGE
Custody granted to the mother.

TEXT BOX 2
Islamic court

Page 1, Panel B
TEXT BOX 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 13, 2021

From the back inside a civil court, the same man and woman stand behind tables on opposing sides of the room.

JUDGE
Custody granted to the father.

TEXT BOX 2
Civil court

Page 1, Panel C
TEXT BOX 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
May 12, 2021

Two men and a woman, all Malays, are sitting together in City Centre Park on a sunny day.

FARUQ 2
Have your friends resolved the conflict for custody of their child?

ASIF 3
No, there has been no federal ruling.

MARJANE 4
How hard this must be on their child.

Page 2, Panel A
ASIF 1
Yes, the process has been difficult. I have been wanting to confront them about an idea I have to resolve the issue outside of court, but I don't know how to approach them about it, especially with the two of them not on speaking terms.

Page 2, Panel B
MARJANE 1
What idea do you have in mind?

ASIF 2
The idea is to listen to the child. To give her the power of knowledge and the freedom of choice.

Page 2, Panel C
FARUQ 1
What do you mean?

ASIF 2
I mean, let the child decide. Because the conflict is not mother vs. father. It is about what religion the girl should be.

FARUQ 3
Muslim or Hindu?

ASIF 4
Or neither. Or both.

Page 3, Panel A
ASIF 1
Why should her choice be limited? The situation has been gridlocked with conflicting choices so how do you resolve the gridlock?

MARJANE 2
By opening up the choices.

Page 3, Panel B
ASIF 1
Yes. And essentially, custody will come to the parent that is open to more choices. The parent that wants what is best for the child.

FARUQ 2
Meaning they are willing to listen and adapt to the child!

Page 3, Panel C
MARJANE 1
I love it. Plus it means the parents don't need to "talk." They just have to listen.

ASIF 2
And my hope is if both parents are open to adapting and listening, then that means they themselves are no longer divided by what tore them apart in the first place as a couple: a difference in religion once the wife converted to Islam. They still love one another but have been too set in their beliefs to "see" one another.

Page 4, Panel A
FARUQ 1
It reminds me of what an author once said years ago, "The best present anyone can receive is not being formatted because the world or a religion wants you to be."

MARJANE 2
Sounds familiar...

ASIF 3
That is beautiful. Will you two come with me to advise my friends on giving this present to their child?

MARJANE and FARUQ 4
We'd love to.


Page 4, Panel B
Overview shot of City Centre Park with Faruq, Marjane, and Asif walking off.

TEXT 1
Where there are differences, there are conflicts. But there are also changes.

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Comment by Paul Holze on May 12, 2010 at 4:47am
Thank you to my friend Faruq for teaching me much I previously did not know about Malaysia and conflict involved there.
Comment by Buffy B on May 12, 2010 at 5:10am
Nice one Paul, love that you added the photo, and the proverb is def food for thought. Well done!
Comment by Paul Holze on May 12, 2010 at 7:18am
Thanks. The last statement is a play-on of the proverb, which I liked.

I don't know how grounded in reality the rest of the story is, though...hopefully by 2021 marriages are easier to mend :)
Comment by Paul Holze on May 12, 2010 at 7:25am
Thanks. The last statement is a play-on of the proverb, which I liked.

I don't know how grounded in reality the rest of the story is, though...hopefully by 2021 marriages are easier to mend :)

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