Christians Demand Islamic Authorities Return Confiscated Bibles, by Kuala Lumpur, at Asia News
"The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) together with the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) are appealing to the Selangor administrative authorities to return the 300 copies of the Bible confiscated earlier this year by the Islamic Department (Jais) . Its chairman Reverend Dr Eu Hong Seng said the CFM is disappointed with the state government's attempt to "wash its hands" of the Jais raid at the BSM premises on January 2 and the seizure of more than 300 Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia (Al-Kitab) and Iban (Bup Kudus). "The fact remains that Jais had acted under powers purportedly given to it by a State enactment. These Bibles remain in their possession".
"In recent days, the Selangor authorities - one of the 13 states of Malaysia - advised BSM to appeal to the Attorney General to obtain the restitution of the Bible in the hands of Jais, an independent section of the administration local, for over three months. During the raid 321 copies of the holy book were seized and two Christian leaders arrested, then released on bail. Jais disputed the use of the word Allah in the text, referring to the Christian God."