KUALA LUMPUR, June 14:
The actions of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) will cause people to lose respect in the state ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah al-Haj, under whose purview the council functions.
PAS central committee member and Shah Alam Member of Parliament Khalid Samad said that MAIS’ action, seen to be defying the Attorney-General’s (AG) orders, showed as if the council had its own agenda, which it intended to pursue at any cost.
“MAIS seems to want to do it regardless of what everyone, including the A-G, says.
“I am afraid that MAIS, by taking up a position like this, will cause the people of Selangor to lose respect for their Sultan,” Khalid told The Rakyat Post today.
“I find it very strange that MAIS is ignoring everyone’s opinion.
“Are they intending to take up executive position now?”
Khalid urged MAIS to “at the very least” engage with the state Exco member in charge of religious affairs, Sallehin Mukhyi.
“If one were to compare MAIS chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa to Sallehin, I would say Sallehin is more learned and knowledgeable in religious affairs.
“So, Mohamad Adzib needs to seek Sallehin’s knowledge, as he (Sallehin) knows how to handle situations involving religious affairs better,” Khalid added.
Khalid was commenting on MAIS, which today stressed that it would not return the 321 Bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) in January, claiming that the A-G had made a mistake in not pursuing a charge.
The council stressed that it was confident that there was an existing law, under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988, to provide for prosecution.
It added that it would also ignore the Selangor state government’s order for the Bibles to be returned, arguing that the matter exceeded the purview and jurisdiction of the state.
MAIS later issued another statement stating that it would be seeking a court order enabling them to dispose of the Bibles seized from BSM on Jan 2 this year.
“JAIS will abide by what’s stated under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), which stipulates that items seized during an investigation can be referred to the courts for a disposal order and this application must be made by the deputy public prosecutor,” the second statement read.
MAIS said this was also in tandem with the A-G’s orders that case items be disposed of in accordance with the law.
“MAIS should just act within its means and not go overboard to provoke religious tension … this is not right at all.
“If you have your own agenda, then you better spill it out now, ” the PAS progressive added.
“Just do what is being proposed … return the Bibles. It is not yours to be kept or disposed of.”