If you are traveling in Malaysia and in the state of Selangor, you might have come up upon this recent article regarding the raid of Malay language bibles in the Bible Society of Malaysia.
As a traveler it is always important to note about things that happen around the places you would be traveling and that includes happenings and politic issues around the world. Malaysia is usually the country known to be multiracial, multicultural and with many different faith and religions.
Here’s the report.
JAIS raided the Bible Society of Malaysia which according to them follows according to a law mentioned in the existing law which is the Religious Enactment Law 1988. Contrary to this though, is that these laws were being passed out to prevent propagation to Islamic practitioners of the Christian faith in the Malay language. Seemingly too, the Orang Asli and the East Malaysians (comprising Sabah and Sarawak people) do read and converse in the Malay language, so it is of no surprise that a Malay language Bible exist.
After the raid by JAIS, BSM (Bible Society of Malaysia) chairman along with another 2 was arrested by police (there were 2 policemen that came along with JAIS), to facilitate investigations. BSM chairman Lee Min Choon, himself a lawyer has agreed to meet up with JAIS to assist the investigations.
The Selangor government has also given JAIS by today 4th January to come up with a report regarding this raid without any mention to the state government.
What about travelers in Malaysia traveling in Selangor?
Travelers need not worry. It is a well known fact that no propagation of any other faith to the Malay of Malaysia other than Islam. So as long you are not doing anything like that, the issue shouldn’t be a concern. For overseas traveler wanting to know more about this issue and will it affect your the safety of oneself due to different religion while planning to stay in Malaysia, this is perfectly safe.
Updates: 3 Selangor State Exco Members will be looking to re-enact the Religious Enactment Law 1988 for it to be clearer and to ensure that it ties it along with the Federal Constitution.
Some thoughts from other bloggers
Helen Ang: JAIS raid – minority bully majority?
Hornbill Unleashed : JAIS no right to raid churches in Selangor
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming : will JAIS raid homes of Christian in Selangor for Malay bible?
Why is this posted on a Travel Blog?
As a traveler that reside in Selangor, it is also a part of this traveler to inform other travelers about the inside and outs of the place they are staying to help other travelers.
Bloggers/Readers out there, what do you think?