Malaysian council: Raid on Bible Society regrettable

Malaysian council: Raid on Bible Society regrettable
Two copies of the Bible in Malay (L) and the Iban dialect are seen in this picture illustration taken in Kuala Lumpur January 2, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - The newly-formed National Unity Consultative Council says the recent raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia in Damansara Kim was a "blatant disregard" for the agreed solution to the distribution of Christian publications in Bahasa Malaysia.

"NUCC regrets the raid and confiscation of the Bibles (by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department or Jais)," council chairman Tan Sri Samsuddin Osman said yesterday.

"It is a blatant disregard for the 10-point solution made by the Federal Government in April 2011 and reiterated by the Prime Minister in October 2013."

"We call on the Government to ensure compliance with the solution and respond to the challenges to national unity with a greater sense of urgency," he said after the NUCC inaugural meeting here.

The council also urged all parties to abide by the solution, which had been accepted by the Christian Federation of Malaysia.

Responding to a question, Samsuddin said the meeting had not touched on the issue of non-Muslims using the word "Allah".

"We are not touching the 'kalimah Allah' issue. That is for the religious people to work out. We are talking about raids on places of worship."

Samsuddin, who is former Chief Secretary to the Government, said that Malaysians must respect all places of worship and not hold demonstrations outside any of them.

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