National unity council says Jais raid ‘blatant disregard’ of Putrajaya deal on Bible

SELANGOR: The recently-formed National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) has joined the chorus of condemnation against the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) over its raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia last week, describing it a “blatant disregard” of Putrajaya’s 10-point solution.

Following its inaugural meeting today, the NUCC called on Putrajaya to ensure that everyone complied with the 10-point agreement, which was announced in 2011 by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala.

The agreement allows the printing and import of Bibles in all languages, including the Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia translation.

NUCC chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said Putrajaya should respond to challenges of national unity with a greater sense of urgency.

“We are also calling on leaders from all political parties to ensure such acts are not repeated in order to eliminate religious or racial tension,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

On January 2, Jais officers raided BSM premises in Damansara Kim, Selangor, confiscating 350 Bibles in Malay and Iban languages, and arresting its senior officials. –The Malaysian Insider

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