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Saturday, 11 January 2014

BSM meets Jais to explain why Bibles should be allowed in Selangor

SHAH ALAM: The meeting between the officials from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has proceeded smoothly.

BSM president Lee Min Choon, who was accompanied by manager Sinclair Wong and secretary-general Simon Wong, described the meeting as casual and was meant to explain to Jais officials why the Bibles should be allowed to be used in the state.

“Everything went on smoothly as they (Jais officials) are a nice bunch of people.

“They recorded my statements and asked how the Bibles existed,” Lee told reporters after the meeting yesterday.

Lee also appealed to all Malaysians to remain calm, saying that he believed the matter would be resolved soon.

“Once this matter is resolved, I hope to work with Jais to come up with a mechanism to avoid similar raids,” Lee added.

It was reported that the Selangor state government had ordered Jais to confer with the Home Ministry to find out if the Bibles seized from BSM last week complied with the Federal Government’s 10-point solution, and to return them if they did.

Lee added yesterday that the 10-point solution, currently adopted by the Federal Government, was “a near to perfect” way of resolving the ongoing “Allah” issue.

BSM also appealed to the state government to embrace the solution that was currently endorsed by the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government looked into all aspects, including state laws before summing up the 10-point solution.

“I, therefore, hope the state government will do the same or come up with a similar solution or at least any other way to allow the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles here,” he said.

In April 2011, the Government announced the 10-point solution which allowed for the importation, publication, printing and distribution of Bahasa Malaysia Bibles following the uproar over the issue in 2009.

A source from Jais, meanwhile, confirmed the meeting but declined to elaborate further on what was discussed.

In Petaling Jaya, police denied they were about to charge Rev Father Lawrence Andrew for sedition.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the investigation papers regarding the case had been re-submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further instructions.

Meanwhile, a group of non-governmental organisations in Selangor handed over a letter of support to Jais over the seizure of the Bibles.

Its chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, who handed over the letter, said the NGOs supported Jais’ action in enforcing Section 9 of the Non-Islamic Religions (Controls of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988 in line with the Selangor Sultan’s decree.

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Tags / Keywords: Religion , jais , bible


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