Seized 2,000 copies of Catholic weekly The Herald was released by the Home Ministry on Sunday according to Tuaran Member of Parliament Datuk Wilfred Tangau.
“We are happy with this development,” said Tangau, the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president reports The Star.
He hoped it will not recur. “All these incidents only cause unnecessary anxiety among the people of Sabah,” Tangau added.
The Home Ministry seized the Catholic weekly The Herald on Thursday triggering protests from all parties including BN politicians.
Sarawak Senior Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing expressed disappointment over the seizure and said it could erode government credibility as Prime Minister had given his assurance, the Appeal Courts ‘Allah’ ruling would not affect Christians in Sarawak and Sabah.
According to The Star reports, the distribution of The Herald to parishes in the peninsula was not affected.
Father Andrew explained that in the issue that was seized, the word “Allah” appeared in three articles.
The first article, titled ‘Uskup Bumiputera seru jangan takut guna “Allah”!’ was a pastoral letter written by a Bumiputera bishop, he said, adding that the second and third articles were sourced from online news portals.
The Home Ministry had not issued any statement for the immediate released of the Catholic Weekly from Kota Kinabalu airport on Sunday.