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Mais says has sultan’s consent, insists exco has no right to return Bibles

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) said its stand not to return the Bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia last January has the consent of the Selangor Sultan, the New Straits Times reported today. In its submission to the sultan, Mais argued that returning the Bibles would result “in the redistribution of the […]

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Decision on seized Bibles on Monday

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  English News  /  Comments Off on Decision on seized Bibles on Monday

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Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim says the Selangor Sultan had provided several suggestions and solutions on the Bible issue. He says he will be meeting the Sultan again tomorrow before meeting the state executive council and relevant parties involved. A decision on the 321 seized Bibles by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council […]

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MASING TAKES AUTHORITIES TO TASK OVER BIBLE ISSUE

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  8 Comments

The refusal of Selangor’s religious authorities to surrender bibles they had confiscated is a blatant disregard of the laws of the nation, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing. He said the state’s Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and Islamic Religious Department (Jais) were in contempt of court for not only refusing […]

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NOW MAIS, JAIS WANT SEIZED BIBLES DISPOSED

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) are now seeking a court ruling which will enable them to dispose over 300 bibles seized from the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) on January 2. This comes hours after a statement from Mais saying that they will not return the bibles, claiming […]

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DIVERSITY IS GOD-GIVEN, SULTAN’S CONSORT REMINDS MUSLIMS

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

God created diversity so that people from different backgrounds could interact with one another and achieved mutual respect, Tuanku Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah told Muslims today, amid rising racial and religious intolerance in multi-ethnic Malaysia. The  consort to the Sultan of Johor quoted two verses from the Quran – Al Maidah, verse 48 […]

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WHAT’S YOUR AGENDA, SELANGOR PAKATAN ASKS DEFIANT MAIS

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

‎Selangor Pakatan Rakyat leaders have questioned the agenda behind the Selangor Islamic Religious Council’s (Mais) defiance of the attorney-general’s decision to close the seized Bibles case and its refusal to return the 321 Bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said Mais’s defiance suggested the council had a […]

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STUBBORN MAIS COMES UNDER FIRE

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  2 Comments

The MCA and DAP have joined forces in urging the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to return the Malay- and Iban-language Bibles it seized six months ago to the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). On Jan 2, Jais confiscated 321 copies of the Malay language Bibles (Al-Kitab) and the Iban Bibles (Bup Kudus) in a […]

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HASAN ALI RALLIES BEHIND MAIS IN BIBLE CASE, QUESTIONS SELANGOR STATE GOVERNMENT’S MOTIVES

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

The leader of a Malay group today backed the decision made by the Selangor Islamic religious authorities not to return bibles seized from a Christian organisation, saying that the council has acted with sincerity. Datuk Hasan Ali who heads the Malay rights group Jati questioned the Selangor state government’s motives for demanding the return of […]

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NO MORE MR NICE GUY, MUSLIM CONVERT WRITER TELLS PUTRAJAYA

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  2 Comments

Putrajaya is already too accommodating towards non-Muslims here, said controversial Muslim convert writer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah when telling the federal government to rebuff critics of the way it was handling racial and religious controversies. Writing in an opinion piece published by Malay language daily Sinar Harian today, Tee also said the detractors of the government […]

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NO CASE FOR JAIS TO HOLD BIBLES, SAY LAWYERS

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  Comments Off on NO CASE FOR JAIS TO HOLD BIBLES, SAY LAWYERS

There is no case for the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to hold on to the 321 Bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia, say constitutional lawyers. Constitutional lawyer New Sin Yew told the Star Online that “The A-G had given them legal advice and they should […]

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A-G stands firm on seized Bible issue despite religious council’s defiant response

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

Following the defiant response from the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), the Attorney-General has reiterated his decision that The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) is cleared of any wrongdoing and that the seized Malay and Iban-language Bibles should be returned to the group. Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said there was no need for further […]

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Government to investigate Jais raid on Hindu wedding

By   /  June 9, 2014  /  English News  /  Comments Off on Government to investigate Jais raid on Hindu wedding

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The government is still investigating the recent marriage of a woman according to Hindu rites although she has a Muslim name, resulting in an untoward incident. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the government was aware of public views on the matter, especially the desire of the woman, Zarena Abd […]

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JAIS ACTING LIKE TALIBAN, SAYS EX-PERLIS MUFTI ASRI

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  English News  /  2 Comments

The Selangor Islamic authorities’ action to disrupt a Hindu wedding on suspicion that the bride was a Muslim is akin to “Talibanisation”, says well-known scholar and former Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. Asri rebuked the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) for raiding a Hindu temple in Petaling Jaya where the wedding was […]

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‘Jais raid, an attempt to prevent vice’

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  English News  /  4 Comments

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) has commended the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department’s (Jais) action of gatecrashing a Hindu wedding to take away the bride, suspected to be a Muslim. According to its official website, the NGO’s ulama council chairperson Aznan Hasan had said this was an attempt to prevent vice activities from happening. “In this case, […]

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‘Khalid, rein in Jais and stop their follies’

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  English News  /  4 Comments

Selangor Islamic Religious department’s (Jais) actions over the past year is causing friction between the Muslims and non-Muslims. Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said in a statement today that to prevent any more unwanted friction between Muslims and non-Muslims, Jais’s action “must be controlled.” “Gerakan Youth urged Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to ensure […]

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Hindu temple raid shows Jais meddling with other creeds, interfaith group says

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  English News  /  12 Comments

Selangor Islamic authorities interfered with the affairs of other religions when it raided a Hindu temple to probe a bride-to-be it suspected was Muslim, Malaysia’s largest interfaith group said. Jagir Singh, the president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST), described the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais)’s actions in […]

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No problems following new SOP. It’s similar to the previous – JAIS

By   /  January 14, 2014  /  English News  /  Comments Off on No problems following new SOP. It’s similar to the previous – JAIS

Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad, the newly-appointed director of JAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) said that it will follow the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) as instructed by the Selangor state government on the issue of raids that are sensitive in nature.

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New SOP – Jais must get exco’s permission before raids

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  English News  /  4 Comments

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Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the Menteri Besar of Selangor has clarified that JAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) will be required to obtain the approval from the state exco before conducting any searches or raids which could be deemed sensitive.

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After JAIS, it is MBPJ’s turn to harass Bible Society when it wants to check for illegal extensions

By   /  January 7, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

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The BSM (Bible Society of Malaysia) came under the spotlight again after it reported that 2 officers from the MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) had harassed the organization following the raid by JAIS (Selangor Islamic Affairs Department) last week.

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National unity council slams Jais for raid on BSM

By   /  January 6, 2014  /  English News  /  1 Comment

The NUCC (National Unity Consultative Council), which was formed recently has hit out at JAIS (Selangor Islamic Department) over its raid at the BSM (Bible Society of Malaysia).

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