Hishammuddin: Don’t jump the gun on Bible issue

sumber: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has urged Malaysians not to speculate on issues relating to the printing of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia locally.

“All I want is for all to be fair and reasonable in this issue,” he said.

He said currently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala has been engaging with Christian organisations on the issue and the team with him are doing a good job.

“I don’t think anything has been finalised on the terms of the agreement, so do not speculate on what will happen once it is finalised,” he said after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and Britain yesterday on cooperation in immigration matters.

He was responding to a question on whether the word “Allah” could be used in locally printed Bibles.

“What I’m hoping is for the people involved to sit down and find a reasonable solution.

“If the 10-point solution is accepted by the Christians, then the Government will do whatever it takes to accommodate it,” he said, adding that anything that came out of the discussions would be a “win-win” situation.

On Saturday, Idris announced that the Government had decided to allow the Bible in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, to be imported and printed locally.

On whether the Government would withdraw the ban on the use of the word “Allah”, Hishammuddin said, it was pending a court decision.

“I don’t want to go into details because there will be reaction and counter-reaction.

“When there is change, there is always uncertainty,” he added.

The case is pending appeal by the Government over the High Court decision to allow non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” in printed publications.

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