SHAH ALAM, April 16 – The Selangor government has deferred the release of Malay and Iban version of Bibles containing the word Allah that were seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) until investigations into the matter are completed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim told reporters at the State Assembly’s lobby Wednesday that the decision was taken following advice from the state’s legal advisor. A news portal today had carried a report in which Selangor DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo had questioned Abdul Khalid’s leadership regarding the matter.
He (Gobind Singh) claimed BSM took the decision to move out of Selangor because of the seizure of the bibles by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) last January. Besides Gobind Singh, Abdul Khalid’s leadership on the matter was also questioned by Opposition leader and Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto head Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who alleged that the Menteri Besar did not do enough to resolve the issue (seizure of the bibles). Commenting on the criticisms, Abdul Khalid said he was only doing his job as a leader of a state and needed to make decisions based on the law. “As the leader of the state, I must take into consideration legal provisions and the role of Jais and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council in any action or decision taken,” he added.