Sarawak Christians demand entry ban on Selangor Islamic officials

Sarawak Christians now want to include Jais and Mais officials, particularly Mais president Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa, on the blacklist.

Malaysia
Jun 18 2014, 1:44 PM
Sarawak Christians demand entry ban on Selangor Islamic officials

Sarawak Christians are now demanding the state to put Selangor Islamic officials on a no-entry blacklist. Malaysians from the peninsula require identification or travel documents to enter Sarawak and Sabah under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.

Anger is mounting in the state against the two Selangor religious authorities – Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) – after they refused to comply with Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail's order last Wednesday to release the confiscated bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).

Jais had on January 2 raided the BSM premises and confiscated 321 Malay language (Alkitab) and Iban language (Bap Kudus) Bibles meant to be distributed in Sabah and Sarawak under the 10-point agreement that allows the importation and use of such Bibles.

Sarawak has already declared a blacklist on people they call religious extremists and racial bigots from other state.

Sarawak Christians now want to include Jais and Mais officials, particularly Mais president Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa, on the blacklist.

“They are certainly religious bigots and extremists who should be barred from the state,” political party PKR’s deputy chairman from Sarawak, See Chee How, said on Monday in Kuching.

He said this after accompanying several Christian leaders to lodge a police report against Mais and Jais for refusing to release the Bibles which Jais had seized.

“They certainly qualify to be barred,” See said in reference to the policy Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem had resurrected and reinforced, using the state's powers over immigration to deny “racists, extremists, religious bigots and troublemakers” entry into the state.

The A-G had said the BSM was cleared of any wrongdoing but Mais instead said the A-G had erred in his decision and insisted there were grounds to prosecute BSM under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

A defiant Mais is now also seeking a court ruling to destroy the 321 Bibles seized in the raid. Upping their defiance, Mais had also reiterated Jais, which comes under its purview, will not adhere to the directive issued by the Selangor government because the state had “no power” in the matter.

PKR office-bearers, Boniface Willey Tumek and Francis Teron, speaking to reporters after lodging their report, also questioned Mais's defiance.

“Christians and all right-minded Malaysians expect the A-G to do the next logical thing, to give a clear and specific order to Jais to release the Bibles,” they said.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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