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Saturday, 21 June 2014 | MYT 5:43 PM

Mais denies Perkasa has Sultan's consent to hold gathering

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) has denied a statement by non-governmental organisation Perkasa that the Selangor Sultan had given permission for a gathering outside Istana Kayangan in Shah Alam on Monday.

Mais chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa, in a statement on Saturday, said the Sultan had not given his consent to anyone to hold such a gathering.

“The Sultan did not agree to allow any gathering in front of the palace. As such, we are denying Perkasa’s claims,” he said.

Mohamad Adzib was reponding to a statement by Perkasa which announced plans to gather thousands of members in front of the palace as a show of support for Mais and the state Islamic Religious Department (Jais) over the return of the Malay and Iban bibles that were seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) office six months ago.

Mohamad Adzib said what transpired was that Mais received a letter on June 20 from Selangor Perkasa president Abu Bakar Yahya to be forwarded to the Sultan.

The letter was to seek the Sultan's permission to hold a public gathering in front of the palace.

“However, the letter was not presented to the Sultan as he was overseas," Mohamad Adzib said.

He said Perkasa was told "to use their discretion" with regards to holding the gathering.

"In this context, the Mais chairman reiterates that the Sultan of Selangor has never given his consent to any party to hold a gathering at any place," the statement said.


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