Friday, June 13, 2014

Selangor tells Jais to return Bible copies

4:42PM Jun 12, 2014
The Selangor government has instructed its executive councilor in charge of Islamic affairs Salehen Mukhyi to assist in the return of the seized copies of the Bible to the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM).

This follows the attorney-general's announcement that the case is closed and no prosecution will be made.

"The state government has asked Salehen and state legal adviser Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman to assist the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) to return the case items," Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (above) said today.

Jais seized 321 copies of the Bible in the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban languages from BSM's office in Petaling Jaya in January.

Welcoming the AG's decision, Khalid in a statement also urged Salehen and Jais to meet with the related parties to avoid further misunderstandings.

'No more tensions'

"We have asked Salehen and Jais to have proper discussions with BSM and other related parties to ensure that this matter is properly resolved in a fair and just manner so that there is no tension between Islam and the other religions," he said.

He also thanked the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) and BSM on their cooperation.

“The Selangor goverment is thankful to the AGC for their timely advice. We also extend our gratitude to BSM who have been patient and understanding with Jais during the investigation process."

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail(right) yesterday said the AGC closed the case as the holy books were not a security threat and an essential text for Christians.

The books were seized by Jais for allegedly breaching a Selangor enactment which bans non-Muslims from using a list of words including 'Allah', which is used in the Bahasa and Iban Bible to refer to God.
~ Malaysiakini

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