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DAP leaders rapped for their silence on Selangor Bible issue

The Star/ANN | Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

Mr Lee Min Choon, president of the Bible Society of Malaysia, speaking to reporters after leaving a police station in Damansara on 2 January 2014.

PETALING JAYA - MCA Youth has criticised DAP leaders for their alleged inaction over the confiscation of Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).

Its chairman Chong Sin Woon said DAP did not help deal with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's lack of action on the issue but had continued to blame others.

He also accused DAP's Selangor executive councillors Datuk Teng Chang Khim and Ean Yong Hian Wah for not caring about the issue.

"The two did not stop the BSM's plan to move from Selangor to Kuala Lumpur during the state exco meeting," he said in a statement yesterday.

Even Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua, said Chong, had only blamed Khalid as though "the issue has no­­thing to do with DAP".

"DAP leaders should show their courage by publicly objecting and addressing any unfair administration in the state government.

"This is in order to safeguard the people's rights and interests, the nation's diversified cultures and people as well as the differences in religion," Chong added.

MCA central committee member Ng Chok Sin said the handling of the Bible issue showed that the disparity within Pakatan Rakyat had worsen­ed.

"The people will suffer if Pakatan is unable to reach any consensus before implementing a new policy," he said.

BSM announced this week its impending move to Kuala Lumpur, saying that Selangor was not conducive for it to carry out its work of supplying Bibles to Christians all over Malaysia.

They cited the raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at their premises in Damansara Kim here on Jan 2 as a reason.

During the raid, Jais seized 321 Malay and Iban Bibles from BSM's premises, citing a state enactment that prohibited the use of the word "Allah" and other Quranic terms by non-Muslims.

The society has, however, not been charged with any offence.

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