KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry seized 703 digital timepieces containing audio of all 30 juzuk (sections) of the Quran estimated to be worth RM230,000 in a raid at a premises in Batu Caves, Selangor.
The ministry said that the raid which saw the arrest of two individuals was carried out by the ministry’s Enforcement and Control Division after it was found that the timepieces did not have ministry approval based on the requirements under the Printing of Quranic Text Act 1986.
"Any publication of the Quran in various forms that contain one or more sections of the Quran must first obtain the ministry’s approval before being distributed or even sold in this country.
"Quranic material that does not have approval is feared to have errors and could mislead the public through its pronunciation and recitation, and could distort the meaning of the verses," said the ministry in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 29).
The ministry added that as of now, there were 952 final proofs of al-Quran texts including in electronic and digital form approved for sale and distribution in the country.
According to the statement, the ministry would take strict action against any party involved in the importing, distributing and selling of al-Quran that violates the Printing of Quranic Text Act 1986.
The public is also advised not to get involved in any activity of buying and possessing al-Quran that was not approved by the ministry, because if convicted, the party or individual could be punished with up to five years in prison or a fine of up to RM50,000 or both.
"The ministry calls on the public to cooperate by channelling information related to the text and materials of the Quran without approval and unwanted publications by calling 03-8000 8000 / 8889 3145, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website www.moha.gov.my,” read the statement.- Bernama