SELANGOR, Nov 3, 2014:
The issue of seized Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) has been brought to Selangor Sultan for a resolution.
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said he had already met and discussed with the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) and Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) about the matter.
“I have discussed with them many times to get their views over the issue.
“I am committed to solving the issue,” he told reporters after launching the Selangorku Bebas Denggi 2014 event at Dewan Jubli Perak at Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah today.
Over 300 Bahasa Malaysia and Iban Bibles were seized by Jais in January after it was found to contain the word “Allah” which was deemed exclusive for Muslims.
The government, however, had said the Arabic term for God could be used by Christians in East Malaysia, as practised ages ago.
It was previously reported that Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had ordered the Bibles to be returned to BSM, when the matter was presented to him, but also said that Jais had acted in accordance with the law when they seized the Bibles.
Azmin said the matter was brought to the Sultan to find a “harmonious” resolution to the matter.
The Gombak Member of Parliament hoped the matter would be resolved as soon as possible.
When pressed to announce the time frame within which a resolution was possible, Azmin told reporters to be patient.
“If you can wait six months, can’t you wait a few more days?”