KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who allegedly called for the burning of the Malay-language Bibles last year, has not been charged in court due to lack of evidence against him.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri said the Attorney-General's Chambers and the police had conducted investigations on the reports lodged against the Perkasa president and, after careful consideration, decided there was insufficient evidence to charge him in court.
"In this matter, the authorities involved have abided by the legal process," she said in a statement here yesterday after reports quoted her as saying that Ibrahim was not hauled to court as the police had concluded that he was merely defending Islam.
Ibrahim's alleged call in January last year drew outrage from politicians and Christian groups, with critics accusing Putrajaya of double standards in using the Sedition Act against them while sparing Ibrahim.
Nancy, who is in charge of law in the PM's Department, said the A-G's Chambers decided not to prosecute Ibrahim after scrutinising the context of his speech and based on Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution, which provided for state and Federal law to control or restrict the propagation of other religions to Muslims.
She said her message was "intentionally taken out of context".
"This had caused a negative perception among the people, especially those who are not well-versed with the legal process," said Nancy.
In a written reply on Wednesday to Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan), Nancy said no action would be taken against Ibrahim.
She claimed that the police had concluded that Ibrahim's words were only directed at specific individuals, and was not a threat to society at large.