Selangor govt not keeping promise to return Bibles

Selangor govt not keeping promise to return Bibles

KUALA LUMPUR - The Selangor government has been accused of not keeping to its promise that Bible copies seized by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) will be returned swiftly.

MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Datuk Ti Lian Ker said it had been more than three months since Jais carried out an "unconstitutional raiding and confiscation" of 321 Alkitab and Bub Kudus from the Bible Society of Malaysia's premises and till now, no dates had been announced as to when the books would be returned.

"As MB Khalid (Selangor Men­teri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) did not give a specific time frame of when to expect the return of the holy books, and as this empty assurance has been expressed seve­ral times already, one cannot help but take the latest announcement with a slight pinch of salt at best and not be fooled again," he said in a press statement yesterday.

It was reported that the probe would be completed soon and the books returned.

Ti said the state government had shown once again that they sat on problems, shirk responsibility by passing the buck or blame to Barisan Nasional or the Govern­ment when racial or religious issues flare up.

On Jan 11, the Selangor exco for Islamic Affairs Sallehen Mukhyi promised to resolve the issue over the raid within a week while Selangor executive council member in charge of tourism, consumer affairs and environment Elizabeth Wong said the religious scripture would be given back the following week.

Ti also asked why the authorities must hold on to the sacred texts pending investigation when the raid against a non-Muslim premises should not even have been carried out by the Selangor religious authorities.

Sallehen claimed that Jais had referred the case to the Attorney-General's Chambers which was then forwarded to the Home Ministry, adding that the Selangor government was awaiting approval from the ministry.

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