SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious department (Jais) has told the state government that it had forgot to inform the relevant departments in the Selangor government of its raid, which saw more than 300 copies of the bible carted away from the offices of Bible Society of Malaysia.
After meeting Jais director and the chief of the enforcement team that headed the raiding party, State Executive Councillor for Islamic Affairs, Sallehin Mukyi said the excuse received was that the religious authority had forgot to inform his side and the Mentri Besar’s office of the raid on Thursday morning.
“Jais claimed that it conducted the raid after it felt there was a breach in the 1988 enactment, which touches on the use of the word “Allah”,” he said on Friday adding that he has asked Jais director Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad to prepare a report on the incident.
Sallehin added that he would be meeting BSM representatives on Monday before submitting all relevant information to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“We need to listen to both sides before submitting the information to the Mentri Besar,” he said, adding that Khalid would then seek an audience with the Sultan if Jais was found to have breached its power.
It is believed the raid pertaining to the Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988 that prohibited the use of the “kalimah Allah” and other Quranic terms by non-Muslims.
Among the 350 copies of Christian publications seized by Jais officers and the police, included the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, or Al-Kitab (310) and the Iban language, also known as Bup Kudus (10).
The officers also carried away 20 copies of Luke’s Gospel in Bahasa Malaysia.