Jais yet to fix Bible return date

Jais yet to fix Bible return date

SHAH ALAM - The Selangor Islamic Affairs Department is yet to fix the date for the return of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia's office on Jan 2.

A Jais officer, who declined to be named, said an internal meeting followed by one with the state government would first be held before the Bibles are returned.

"We just received the letter from the Attorney-General's Chambers and have not made arrangements to hand over the Bibles yet," said the officer when met at the Jais headquarters here yesterday.

On Wednesday, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail declared that there was no case against BSM for distributing those Bibles, and that the copies in questions were not a threat to national security.

He also said it was up to Jais to pursue the next course of action.

The Jais officer said the announcement on the return of the Bibles would probably be made by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim or the exco in charge of Islamic Affairs, Sallehen Mukhyi.

Jais would abide by the state government's decisions and instructions, said the officer.

Khalid said in a statement issued recently that Sallehen and state legal adviser Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman would help Jais arrange for the return of the seized Bibles to BSM.

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