PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor has ordered the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) to refer the matter of the bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to the public prosecutor, so the courts can determine if they should be returned or disposed of.
"The current law procedures provide that in disposing any case items which was seized during raids or investigation can be referred by the public prosecutor to the Court by either obtaining a disposal or return order.
"This decree is in line with the minutes issued by the Attorney-General's Chambers that 'Jais has to act in accordance to the law on the issue of the seized bibles'," according to a statement issued by the Selangor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, on behalf of the palace.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said the move was necessary to protect the sanctity of the law and the sensitivities of the sides involved in the issue.
The ruler also called for the politicians to "stop confusing and distressing the public with solutions that do not follow the course of the law and proposals that were unreasonable."
The Sultan expressed his hope that politicians do not use the issue for their self-interest or the interests of their groups and political parties.
"Let the matter be settled by parties that are directly involved in the matter and those given the powers to solve it.
"Religious matters are sensitive issues. Therefore, the Sultan advises those who are not directly involved in the matter to refrain from issuing irresponsible statements and to refrain from interfering in the issue that can worsen the situation," he said.
He stressed that every action and decree made by the Sultan of Selangor in all issues either the religion or the state, had never disregarded the law nor acted above it.
It was reported that the fate of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Jan 2 will only be known on Monday.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has set Monday as a target date to settle the matter.