Christians in Malaysia want issue resolved

Christians in Malaysia want issue resolved

PETALING JAYA - Federal officials have met Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) leaders to resolve the issue of Selangor Islamic Religious Depart­ment's (Jais) raid on its office and seizure of publications.

BSM general secretary Dr Rev Simon Wong declined to identify the officials but said they were from the Prime Minister's Department.

"They promised that they would do their best to resolve the issue. We are leaving it to them to do so," said Wong.

He said as the 10-point agreement on the printing, import and distribution of the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bibles in peninsular Malaysia was a Federal Government initiative, the Government should find a solution.

It was reported yesterday that the bibles seized by Jais had the Christian cross and the words "Christian Pub­lication" printed on the covers, as required under the agreement.

The Bibles were imported and were vetted by the Home Ministry before they were released to BSM.

BSM president Lee Min Choon was also tight lipped over the identity of the officials who met them for an hour.

"They are from the Federal Go­­vernment, while Jais is a state body not under their jurisdiction. They need to resolve it according to their procedures," he said.

Lee said BSM had not heard anything official from either the Selangor Government or Jais.

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