19 April 2019, Friday | 03:20am

Cops to interview students, principal over Bible distribution case: Mujahid


PUTRAJAYA: Police are expected to record statements from students and principal of a secondary school in Bukit Mertajam, Penang following reports of Bibles being distributed to students in front of the school recently.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, in confirming this today, said his department was also getting more details on the incident.

“I have been told that there are Muslim and non-Muslim students at the school. Perhaps the person (who distributed the Bibles) had wrongly given it out, assuming the students to be non-Muslims. But as I have said before, such is an unwise thing to do,” he said.

Mujahid said so far, he had been briefed by the Penang state Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP), Penang State Education Department and the Bukit Mertajam Department of Parliament on the matter.

It was reported that police had received three reports from two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and parents of a student.

It was understood that several men were spotted distributing the book at the main and back gates of the school.

The incident went viral after some of the parents uploaded the contents of the book on social media.

On another matter, Mujahid said the government was looking into possible blocking of bank accounts belonging to those who failed to adhere to court orders involving alimony payment and maintenance to their ex-wives and children.

“Due to the lack of enforcement, many divorced women did not get what is due to them.

“These women have no place to turn to in term of getting what is righfully theirs. This matter is currently being discussed at the Malaysia's Syariah Judiciary Department level.

"I hope that more enforcement will be carried out including blocking the bank accounts of those who are reluctant to pay alimony to their ex-wives,” he said.

He said strict enforcement was needed to ensure that men would not take lightly the syariah court orders over alimony payment.



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