Outcome on seized Bibles to be known on Monday

Outcome on seized Bibles to be known on Monday
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - The fate of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Jan 2 will only be known on Monday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has set Monday as a target to settle the matter.

He said the solution arrived at must not only be applicable for this one incident, but must be something applicable for years to come.

"The solution must be proper and protect all people," he said.

Khalid yesterday had an audience with Selangor Ruler Sultan Shara­fuddin Idris Shah at the sidelines of the Rulers Council meeting at Istana Negara to seek a decision on the matter.

The Mentri Besar said he had also met Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

"I have been asked to get a clarification from the A-G. I have the clarification and will have an au­­dience again with the Sultan tomorrow (today) to get his final advice.

"I cannot disclose it now," said Khalid, adding that "everything is quite encouraging".

Both Jais and Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) are refu­sing to return the Bibles, which contain the word Allah - which is regarded as being exclusive to Muslims - in reference to God.

Khalid said once the discussion with the Sultan had concluded, he would inform all the relevant parties first, before making Sultan Sharafuddin's advice public.

"We have to follow the steps. I will have to call Mais and Jais and have to also call my exco to tell them first, and then only inform the public," said Khalid.

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