Dr M: Burning of religious texts allowed in specific instances

KUALA LUMPUR: The burning of religious texts, including the Al-Quran and the Bible, is allowed in specific instances, but not with bad intentions, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).

When asked his opinion if Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali's Bible-burning call was seditious, Dr Mahathir said Muslims often burnt old and worn copies of the Al-Quran, but were forbidden from throwing it around or stepping on it.

"So, if Muslims have some document they are adverse to, they should not throw it on the ground and step on it.

"They should show respect for the Bible, and if they are burning it the way they burn the Al-Quran, that is permitted," he said at a press conference after delivering a keynote address on Women Leading the Future during the closing ceremony of second day Women Extraordinaire Forum 2014 Wednesday.

"It was not his intention to provoke people into clashes between Muslims and non-Muslims," he said.

On Monday, the Attorney-General (AG) issued a statement saying that Ibrahim's call to burn Malay-language Bibles did not fall within the definition of a seditious tendency as it was said to defend the Islamic religion.


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