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Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 7:49:01 AM
by nigel edgar
KUCHING: Misunderstanding could have caused the seizure of some 2,000 copies of Catholic weekly The Herald at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Thursday.
“I think they (Home Minisry officials) should not have withheld The Herald (in Kota Kinabalu) because the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) had made it clear that Sarawak and Sabah can continue to use the word ‘Allah’,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala.
He was speaking to reporters after presenting a paper at the Commonwealth for Public Administration and Management (Capam) regional forum at Pullman Hotel here yesterday.
The consignment of 2,000 copies of The Herald was released on Sunday morning, but many Sabah ministers and some in Sarawak had expressed their unhappiness over the issue.
The copies were supposed to be distributed to Christians going to church that morning but the release announcement came too late and the forwarding company was closed over the weekend.
State Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said that the authorities owed the people some explanation.
“I hope next time, the officers involved will not be too hasty in taking matters into their own hands. I suggest that political leaders be consulted first before decisions are made on matters which have negative socio-political impacts.
“It would be us, the politicians, who would bear the brunt of criticism, not the government officers,” he told The Star on Sunday.
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