GEORGETOWN, Oct 20 – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri cannot run and hide from her responsibility over the Datuk Ibrahim Ali Bible-burning controversy, DAP said. Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng took the embattled de facto law minister to task today for saying she had only read out the decision of the police and Attorney-General in her parliamentary reply on why Ibrahim was not charged with sedition.
“That is ridiculous. She is a minister but she said she was only following what the civil servant said. “The A-G is not elected by the people… Are you (Nancy) saying that you have no power but it is the civil servant who is not elected by the people who has the power? “It is a shocking admission that there is no point to elect Barisan Nasional because it is a government without power,” Lim told reporters in Penang today.
It was reported on Saturday that Nancy said she would not advise the public prosecutor on using the Sedition Act against the Perkasa president. Malaysiakini quoted her as saying that she did not want to interfere with the Attorney-General’s job. “(The investigation) is not done by me, so I have to read it out,” she said, referring to her parliamentary written reply on October 7 that the police had concluded Ibrahim’s call for Bahasa Malaysia Bibles to be burnt was in defence of Islam and directed at specific individuals, and not a threat to the larger society.
Last Friday, Lim said Nancy should redeem herself and get the A-G to review the decision and charge Ibrahim with the relevant law. “She has to face up to the responsibility that she had failed to carry out. “Whether she likes it or not, she had been willing to go along with what was decided by a civil servant. “That is not leadership. That is not leading from the front, but leading from behind,” said Lim, the Penang chief minister.
Ibrahim, who is Perkasa president, had made the call to burn Bahasa Malaysia Bibles that used the word “Allah” when talk surfaced that the publications were distributed at a school in Penang in January last year. The government’s decision not to charge Ibrahim has been slammed by Christian groups as well as Pakatan Rakyat politicians, with Nancy heavily criticised.