Monday, February 10, 2014

Seized bibles: AG’s decision in two weeks

P Ramani

February 10, 2014
Confiscated Malay and Iban bibles will be returned once the AG has given the go-ahead, says Selangor exco
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) will return bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) once the Attorney General (AG) has cleared the case.
Selangor executive councilor for religious affairs Sallehen Mukhyi, said the police’s investigation papers have been passed on to AG’s office for further action.
“It will take another two weeks before this matter is resolved. The AG is not in the country at the moment and once he’s back, he will look into the report and make a decision,” said Sallehen.
Meanwhile, BSM sec-gen, Simon Wong, confirmed that the confiscated bibles in the Malay and Iban languages bibles have yet to be returned by the religious authority.
The bibles were seized in a raid by Jais with help from the police from the premises of BSM in Damansara Kim. Jais subsequently lodged a police report on the matter.
The raid, Jais said, was done in accordance with the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation among Muslims) Enactment 1988.
The enactment prohibits non-Muslims in Selangor from using 35 Arabic words and phrases in their faith, including ‘Allah’, ‘Nabi’ (prophet), ‘Injil’ (gospel) and ‘Insya Allah’ (God willing).
The raid was done without the knowledge of Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Sallehen.
Jais was criticised by many quarters for its action but received support from groups such as Perkasa and Ikatan Muslim Malaysia (Isma).
~ Free Malaysia Today

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