Malaysia

A-G told to act on Ibrahim Ali’s Bible-burning remark

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — DAP chairman Karpal Singh today filed a police report in a bid to press Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to initiate police investigations against Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his Bible-burning statement.

Karpal said he wanted the police to investigate the Perkasa chief’s call for Muslims to “seize and burn copies of bibles which contained the word ‘Allah’ or other Arabic words”.

“The A-G’s statement (saying that he will not act against Ibrahim Ali) demonstrates weakness on his part and suggests the A-G encourages acts of this nature,” said Puchong MP and DAP lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo, who was present at the Tun HS Lee police station here with his father Karpal (picture)

“He (Abdul Gani) should be taking steps so that the Bible will not be burned. The A-G is coming out very weak in response to this problem, and this could confirm that he clearly has double standards in his decision-making,” Gobind said.

Karpal lodged the police report at 1pm at the Tun HS Lee police station opposite Stadium Merdeka here.

 

Karpal’s report today was made in response to the A-G’s reported comment that his chambers would only act against Ibrahim if bibles were actually burnt, and that he was not concerned by the remarks.

The DAP chairman said in his complaint to the police today that he planned to go to court to compel Abdul Gani to take action and “carry out his public duty” if the A-G refuses to take action against the Perkasa president within two weeks. 

“This is his responsibility,” said Gobind, who stated earlier that “if the A-G does not take action, we will take action against him”.

In a statement made by Perkasa yesterday, the controversial group explained that Ibrahim’s statement on the matter had been misinterpreted as he had merely been referring to Malay-language bibles.

“I confirm that the Perkasa president did mention the words ‘burn the Bible’ but he did not mean the original English-language books.

“He meant the Malay-language bibles that use ‘Allah’ and Jawi writing,” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said in the statement.

The “Allah” dispute, which first erupted after the watershed Election 2008, remains a hot-button topic in the run-up to this year’s polls.

Debate resurfaced last month after Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng called on Putrajaya in his Christmas message to lift a ban on Malay-language bibles in Borneo Malaysia.

Hot on the heels of the DAP leader’s remarks, several state Rulers and Islamic religious authorities reminded non-Muslims of state laws banning use of the word, despite conflicting with a 2009 High Court judgment that ruled “Allah” was not exclusive to Islam.

 

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