State religious authorities to seek royal audience for final decision

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state religious authorities have presented a report to the Sultan of Selangor on the Malay Bibles found to have used the term “Allah” which were seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) six months ago.

In the report, submitted to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah yesterday, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and the Selangor Religious Council (Mais) reiterated their stand not to return the Bibles.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is due to meet the Sultan over the issue today.

The move to seek the audience from the Sultan was to present the state’s decision on the matter for the ruler to make a final decision, said Khalid.

He declined to reveal the decision which was made at an executive council meeting yesterday, saying that it would only be made public after the audience.

Mais and Jais, meanwhile, said they had received the approval from the Sultan to make their report available to the media.

They also stood firm on their stand to call on the deputy public prosecutor to refer to the courts and subsequently obtain a disposal order for the Bibles.

The report stated that their decision was based on the provision of the law and that no party, including the mentri besar, could order the return of items seized in the course of an investigation.

Furthermore, they said, if the Bibles were returned, they would be distributed to the people and this was clearly against the existing laws.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had announced last week that his office would not proffer charges against BSM over the distribution of AlKitab, and that his office considered the case closed.

The Mais-Jais report urged the A-G to be more aware of Muslim sensitivities, especially in Selangor where the Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment 1988 has been in force.

“If non-Muslims are allowed to do something which contravenes the enactment, it will only remain a law which does not protect the sanctity of Islam,” said the report.

Council of Churches Malaysia secretary-general Rev Dr Hermen Shashtri, when contacted, said it was monitoring the developments on the issue and would wait for the Sultan to make a decision.

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