SEPANG: After seven years, Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill has finally got back the eight Christian CDs confiscated from her by the Home Ministry.
Pastor Alfred Rosmin Tais and her lawyer Annou Xavier collected the CDs, which contained the word “Allah”, on her behalf at the ministry’s Control of Publication and Al-Quran Texts Division here yesterday.
“We are happy that they gave back the CDs to us. At the same time, we feel sad that it took seven years. It should not have happened in the first place,” Alfred told reporters after receiving the CDs.
Alfred, who is the executive secretary of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship’s (NECF) Bahasa Malaysia section, said the ministry’s staff were “friendly”.
The division’s assistant enforcement officer Noor Haslizam Hashim returned the CDs to Alfred.
On May 11, 2008, Jill had her CDs seized by the ministry at the then low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) here upon her return from Indonesia.
At that time, the ministry had said the CDs were in breach of the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia’s (Jakim) guidelines, under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
However, the Court of Appeal later ruled that senior Customs officer Suzanah Muin had overstepped her authority when she ordered the seizure of the CDs and instructed them to be returned to Jill.
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