KUALA LUMPUR, June 16:
The Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia Organisation (Aswaja) has demanded the immediate resignation of Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail for failing in his duties.
Aswaja president Dr Zamihan Mat Zain Al Ghari also regretted a personal statement by Abdul Gani, which likened the Bible with the three holy books in Islam known as the Tawrat, Zabur and Injil.
“This is clearly against Islamic teaching as the present Bible has been changed and added by men. If he insists on it, he has clearly deviated from Islamic teachings which might lead to apostasy.
“As such, he is not qualified to be the A-G,” said Zamihan in a statement.
Abdul Gani had previously said that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) was wrong in confiscating Bibles belonging to the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) and that there was no case against BSM.
Abdul Gani said the Bibles in Malay and Iban language were publications that did not apply under Section 9 (1)(a) of the Non-Islamic Religion (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.
Aswaja also supported the stance by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) not to return the Malay Bibles seized from BSM.
Zamihan accused the A-G of encouraging apostasy among Muslims by clearing BSM of any wrongdoing.
“Mais is doing the right thing (in refusing to return the Malay Bibles) as it can affect the faith of Muslims if allowed to be printed and circulated openly.
“This must be strictly dealt with as it concerns the rights of Islam, which is the official religion in the country.”
He added it was time for the government to relook the implementation of syariah and civil laws, particularly where the position of Islam as the official religion is involved, to ensure that certain parties would not disrupt it.