‘Set a time frame for return of bibles’

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan wants the Selangor Menteri Besar to give a definitive time frame on when investigations into the Jais raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) will be completed and the Malay bibles returned.

The movement’s national youth chief, Tan Keng Liang, said it was unfair to keep the bibles indefinitely as it would create more anxiety among Christians and strain the community’s ties with Muslims in the country.

“The Malay bibles were seized more than three months ago. How long more does the Selangor government need to investigate and decide on the bibles?” asked Tan in a statement here today.

On Jan 2, Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) raided BSM and seized more than 300 copies of the Malay and Iban editions of the bible from BSM’s premise.

Earlier in the week, Selangor executive councillor in charge of religious affairs, Sallehen Mukhyi, said that the return of bibles can only be considered after the investigation into the case was completed.

And recently, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim asked BSM to write to the Attorney General for the return of the bibles.

Tan, however, ticked off Khalid for trying to mislead the public, saying that the AG had no jurisdiction over Jais, which is an agency under the state government’s purview.

He said the state government was acting irresponsibly to attempting to push the issue to the AG, who had no power to instruct Jais to return the bibles.

He said the Menteri Besar can easily refer the matter to state legal advisor, who also an executive councillor, if Khalid needed legal opinion on the issue.

“Why need to refer to the Attorney General? It’s beyond his jurisdiction. It’s absurd for the Menteri Besar to suggest that BSM write to the AG for the return of bibles,” said Tan.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/04/10/set-a-time-frame-for-return-of-bibles/

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